BAE Systems has lined up a half dozen prospective applications for Q-HUD, a compact and lightweight head-up display for smaller business airplanes where space limits the use of overhead projection equipment. A firm commitment from one or more airframe makers could be imminent as BAE Systems works to complete certification of the product before the end of next year.
BAE Systems has its helmet/headset mounted Q-Sight head-up display (HUD) in its booth here (No. 110) and will start making customer deliveries later this year. Initial deliveries will be made to military customers, who are expected to comprise the bulk of demand, but the company will be making the system available to civil operators as well. BAE sees a significant market for Q-Sight with HEMS operators and law enforcement agencies.
BAE Systems is aiming a new compact and lightweight head-up display, called Q-HUD, at a wide market that includes light and midsize business jets. BAE claims that the new HUD, introduced at last month’s NBAA Convention, will be 50 percent lighter, significantly less costly and more reliable than conventional HUDs, while also generating less heat and providing pilots with more headroom.
BAE Systems, in conjunction with Cranfield Aerospace and Cranfield University, executed an entire flight without human intervention in a BAE Systems Jetstream 31 turboprop. The event was the first “unmanned” flight with a flight crew onboard. “To comply with current aviation regulations, the Jetstream is a ‘surrogate UAV,’ meaning that it always has aircrew on board,” said Nick Colosimo, program manager with BAE Systems.
In a continuing expansion of its presence in aerospace, UK firm ENL (Hall 4 Stand E14) has opened an injection molding center in Slovakia with the support of BAE Systems. The company supplies precision injection molded and machined components to Airbus, Thales, BAE Systems and Raytheon, and soon plans to begin manufacturing composite parts.
Under an agreement reached in late January, BAE Systems will not have to build the 12 Avro RJX quad-jets ordered by Exeter, UK-based British European. BAE Systems canceled the ill-fated Avro RJX program on November 27 due to weak market demand and strong pricing pressures. But the company faced the prospect of fulfilling its obligation to build the dozen airplanes over a five-year period if British European insisted.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) raided the homes of a number of U.S.-based BAE executives in connection with allegations about corruption at BAE Systems. The DoJ also temporarily detained outgoing BAE Systems chief executive Mike Turner and a senior colleague, when they arrived at Houston Airport from the UK.
BAE Systems Regional Aircraft reports “good progress” with the conversion of the first relaunched BAe 146QT (Quiet Trader) freighter at the program’s Aerostar conversion center in Bacau, Romania. Program manager David van Veggel said he expects the first converted aircraft–a Series 200 (S/N E2099)–to roll out for service in the first half of next year.
With the goal of flight testing the system next year, BAE Systems recently signed a second contract with Mercury Computer Systems of Chelmsford, Mass., to provide its VistaNav synthetic-vision technology to create a rotorcraft brownout landing system. Award of the first contract was announced in March.
Dornier 328JET certificate holder AvCraft Aerospace has recruited BAE Systems Regional Aircraft to take responsibility for spares storage, distribution and logistics support for the 32-seat regional jet and its turboprop sibling. The six-year contract covers 328s and 328JETs registered in North, Central and South America.