New head-up display (HUD) technologies based on liquid-crystal display (LCD) scanning techniques promise to clear the way for smaller, lighter and more reliable hardware that will be capable of providing brighter images and new capabilities, according to manufacturers.
Transport Canada has certified the SureSight I-series infrared (IR) enhanced-vision system (EVS) sensor developed by CMC Electronics, marking one of the last steps before certification and production approval of the complete EVS for the Bombardier Global Express XRS.
Certification of the infrared enhanced vision system (EVS) for the Bombardier Global Express XRS–said to be “imminent” at press time–will close an important technology gap between Gulfstream and Bombardier, head-to-head competitors in the ultra-long-range business jet market.
Boeing Business Jets and avionics maker Rockwell Collins disclosed Tuesday that they are planning to introduce an enhanced vision system (EVS) option for the BBJ. The option will be available on new BBJs and as a retrofit. Certification is expected by early next year. BBJ operators that opt for the EVS will require an upgrade to their HGS 4000, as well as the infrared camera.
NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia is addressing runway and taxiway incursion threats by testing a variety of new technologies, one of the most interesting of which is a miniature head-up display that the pilot wears on his head and positions in front of the eye.
The company is also announcing new contracts here at the Paris Air Show. In Russia, CMC has won a contract to provide Moscow-based Transaero Airlines with its GPS-based flight management system (FMS), the CMA-900. The deal covers five Boeing 747s. Deliveries should take place between May 2005 and early 2006.
Military helicopter pilots don’t often get the chance to fly with a full head-up display, usually relying instead on helmet-mounted vision devices. Now, CMC Electronics has delivered its HeliHawk overhead HUDs and mission computers to AgustaWestland for the Super Lynx 300, the company announced here, and pilots couldn’t be happier.
Charles Lindbergh knew it, and every pilot who has come after him has known it, too: if only there were some way of seeing through the clouds, of turning a black night into a sunshiny day, flying would be a far simpler, and by extension safer, endeavor.
Head-up display (HUD) manufacturers have carved a respectable niche for themselves in the business aviation realm in the last decade or so, but if the marketing gurus at Rockwell Collins Flight Dynamics are right the technology could be on the verge of entering the segment’s mainstream, at least in larger jets.
Throw BAE Systems and Nav3D into the mix of companies indicating strong interest in sensor and software technology for emerging cockpit advanced-vision systems.