ATR, Elbit Pioneer Visor Display for Commercial Pilots

 - July 7, 2015, 10:30 AM
Elbit Systems aerospace division general manager Yoram Shmuely (left) and ATR chief executive Patrick de Castelbajac celebrate the signing of a deal to collaborate on a new wearable display for ATR 600 Series turboprops. (Photo: ATR)

In a first for commercial aviation, ATR and Elbit systems will make available a wearable substitute for a head-up display (HUD) for pilots flying ATR 600 series turboprops, the companies announced Monday. The system, called Skylens, integrates with Elbit’s ClearVision enhanced flight vision system (EFVS) to display high-resolution information, images and video on a head-mounted visor, allowing pilots flying ATR 600 series turboprops to take off and land in low-visibility conditions, day or night, and in locations not accessible to aircraft not equipped with EFVS. The visor eliminates the need to install a bulky HUD projector on the flight deck ceiling and a combiner glass in front of the pilot, while providing head-up information while looking through the windshield. The partners plan to offer the system on new ATRs and as a retrofit to other 600 series airplanes already in service.

An ATR spokesman told AIN that the system can reduce the minimums for landing at many airports. Other benefits include improved operational awareness for pilots during takeoff and landing.   

According to the agreement between Elbit and ATR, the partners will introduce Clearvision as an option for ATR 42-600s and 72-600s. ATR will become the launch customer for Skylens, which is a substitute for a traditional HUD. ATR expects the system to gain certification in 2017.