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.
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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