Honeywell Demonstrates SVS

 - October 9, 2006, 10:13 AM

Honeywell last month gave journalists their first look at the company’s developmental integrated primary flight display (IPFD), including the synthetic-vision portion of the system now in initial design testing with Gulfstream. Besides hosting an impressive visual depiction of terrain, rivers, obstacles and runways on the IPFD screen, the system also includes a number of useful flight-guidance cues taken directly from the Honeywell 2020 head-up display. During a nighttime demonstration flight near Phoenix, the value of the technology in enhancing situational awareness was readily apparent. Whether the FAA will agree remains to be seen. Gulfstream intends to bring Honeywell’s SVS to several models next year. (A full report on the Phoenix demo flight will appear next month.)