Throw BAE Systems and Nav3D into the mix of companies indicating strong interest in sensor and software technology for emerging cockpit advanced-vision systems.
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.
Officials from Rockwell Collins, Max-Viz, NASA’s Langley Research Center, the FAA and other organizations in late June conducted the culminating test flight of developmental advanced-vision avionics aboard an FAA Boeing 727.
Innotech Aviation reported that it has completed its first installation of an enhanced-vision system (EVS) in an ultra-long-range Bombardier Global Express XRS, making the completions center one of the few facilities in the world to perform the modification.
As far as pilots are concerned, the head-up display may as well consist of the HUD combiner glass and little else, because that is about all they see.
Head-up displays (HUDs) provide pilots with an array of flight-related information, when and where they need it most. The thick piece of HUD combiner glass that folds down and locks into position in front of the pilot’s eyes puts a veritable visual feast of instantly recognizable symbology directly in the forward field of vision.
The first several Global Express XRS ultra-long-range business jets fitted with the Bombardier enhanced-vision system (EVS) are now operating to far-flung destinations around the world, and early word on the devices has been positive. The system, using a CMC Electronics infrared sensor mated to a Thales head-up display, is standard on the Global Express XRS, now in full-rate production.
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