Honeywell researchers have added to or modified SmartView’s symbology, which is based on the company’s head-up display symbology, to help pilots more quickly and intuitively see where they are on the approach and where the airplane is going.
There is a new way to learn how to fly with a head-up display (HUD) without booking time in an expensive simulator or trying to learn in the airplane. FlyRealHUDs.com has developed an inexpensive HUD simulator plug-in that runs on the X-Plane personal-computer flight simulator program. The FlyRealHUDs (FRH) plug-in replicates the symbology and flight dynamics of real HUDs and comes in two configurations, for business jets and airliners. (Full disclosure: I was a beta tester of the FRH HUD before its release in late October.)
Among avionics manufacturers, there are two philosophies at work, the so-called “head-up, head-down” debate. This has devolved into cockpits equipped with head-up displays (HUD) and those with traditional head-down displays (flat-panel LCD pilot flight and multifunction displays) and no HUD. Head-up means the pilot can continue looking out the windshield while viewing flight guidance information on the HUD, through touchdown. Head-down means viewing information on the instrument panel, then looking through the windshield during touchdown.
For aircraft with Aspen Avionics' EFD1000 Evolution flight display system in the panel and an autopilot that needs analog attitude information, Aspen now offers the EA100 digital autopilot interface. The EA100 adapter converts digital attitude data to analog for older autopilots and eliminates the need to maintain old and expensive mechanical gyro systems such as the King KI256.
For aircraft with Aspen Avionics’ EFD1000 Evolution flight display system in the panel and an autopilot that needs analog attitude information, Aspen now offers the EA100 digital autopilot interface. The EA100 adapter converts digital attitude data to analog for older autopilots and eliminates the need to maintain old and expensive mechanical gyro systems such as the King KI256.
Avidyne has received approval from Brazil’s Agência Nacional De Aviação Civil (ANAC) for retrofit installation of the DFC90 autopilot in Brazilian-registered Entegra-equipped Cirrus aircraft. The DFC90 is an attitude-based digital autopilot system designed as a slide-in replacement for the S-Tec 55X autopilot in existing Entegra-equipped Cirrus SR20s and SR22s.
Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage, Atlanta, Dec. 3, 2006–The NTSB attributed the Mirage accident to the airplane design stress limits being exceeded when the pilot lost control during cruise after his attention was diverted to the right-side attitude indicator, which the pilot reported as “tilted.” The pilot was looking at the indicator when he realized the airplane was in a dive.
Landings to below Cat I and II ILS minimums have been possible for more than three decades, but the price of admission until recently has been autoland certification of the aircraft and crew.