Advanced Vision Tech Demo Concluding
Wrapping up a major four-year effort, officials from Rockwell Collins, NASA Langley Research Center, the FAA and other entities were scheduled to conduct today the culminating test flight of developmental advanced-vision avionics for civil and military aircraft. Combining database-driven synthetic and infrared enhanced views on head-up and head-down displays, the so-called SE-Vision project equipment installed in an FAA Boeing 727-25C is intended to improve safety by providing pilots with integrated virtual and real-world views of terrain, obstacles, other aircraft, vehicles and the airport environment. FAA pilots were to fly the final SE-Vision demo flight today from Atlantic City International Airport, N.J. Additional flights in a Boeing 737-900 technology demonstrator, a Gulfstream V and the 727 have been conducted at various locations around the country since the project began in 2001. Researchers next will examine data from the flights and provide reports to NASA and the U.S. Air Force. Excerpts are expected to be made available to the public.