Bombardier is bringing Rockwell Collins’ new Pro Line Fusion cockpit to the Global Express XRS and 5000 as long-overdue replacements for the airplanes’ Honeywell Primus 2000XP avionics. Migrating from six CRT screens to four large-format LCDs will allow Bombardier to add synthetic vision, enhanced vision, electronic charting and other advanced capabilities to its top-of-the line models.
Synthetic vision system
Test pilots from NASA and Gulfstream this summer are flying
a GV equipped with a synthetic-vision system (SVS) intended to improve pilot situational awareness and prevent CFIT accidents. NASA is using the airplane to explore advanced vision and runway-incursion technologies that could one day be brought to civil aviation.
Stephen Pope (right), AIN’s avionics editor and editor of our domestic show editions, won big at this year’s Aerospace Journalist of the Year Awards, presented during the Paris Air Show last month. Pope won the Rockwell Collins Award for the best avionics submission with his article on synthetic vision in the June 2006 issue of AIN. He also came away with the Gulfstream Award for Aerospace Journalist of the Year.
Universal Avionics has received an STC for its EFI-890R display retrofit for the Learjet 25. The primary focus of the system is Universal’s synthetic vision, which gives the
pilot a full picture of the terrain ahead with traditional flight director cues. In addition, the system includes electronic weather, Jeppesen charts and terrain awareness and warning. The installation was completed by Stevens Aviation of Nashville, Tenn.
Helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft has tapped Honeywell to develop synthetic-vision technology for Black Hawk pilots landing in brownout conditions. The $6.9 million contract is part of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) so-called Sandblaster program.
Honeywell Aerospace has spent the past couple of years restructuring its activities along customer lines. One indication that this approach may be working is the U.S. group’s latest double-win on the Boeing CH-47 Chinook program.
The scene was straight out of a science fiction movie. Thick coils of wire wound like serpents along the pale green walls. More wire slithered up from the floor in bundles as thick as rope. Part of an overhead instrument panel hung from the ceiling, suspended by yet more wires.
Rockwell Collins’ new HGS-5860 is the first head-up display (HUD) system with an LCD projector to be certified on a business jet–Dassault’s Falcon 7X. At EBACE yesterday, Rockwell Collins also announced that Gulfstream has selected the HGS-6000 HUD as standard equipment on the G450 and G550 and as an option on the remainder of its model line. Entry into service for Gulfstream’s version of the Rockwell Collins HUD is expected in 2009.
With Europe continuing to be one of business aviation’s key growth markets, it should not be surprising that Honeywell Aerospace has chosen to position its vice president for worldwide business and general aviation sales at one of its main European offices, right here near Geneva.
Situational awareness is fundamental to safe flight. Cockpit instruments can provide precise indications of an airplane’s position and trajectory, but once the world outside grows too dark, cloudy or foggy to see, pilots must rely on the safety margins built into IFR procedures to maintain safe separation from the ground.