Collins Providing HUD VR Trainer for FAA Research

 - January 7, 2020, 10:42 AM
Collins Aerospace's HUD VR trainer is designed for flexibility, incorporating an HGS and EVS to provide an "out-of-the-window" view. (Photo: Collins Aerospace)

The U.S. FAA selected Collins Aerospace’s head-up display (HUD) virtual-reality (VR) training device for use in research on pilot-HUD interface, pilot performance, and crew workload. Designed for flexible use, the HUD VR device incorporates the Collins Head-up Guidance System (HGS) and enhanced vision system (EVS) to provide an “out-of-the-window” view.

“The HUD VR system provides increased access to training, helping pilots get as much time as they need using a HUD on approaches and landing in difficult conditions,” said Nick Gibbs, v-p and general manager of simulation and training solutions for Collins Aerospace. “Our trainer can significantly reduce the length of time it takes for a pilot to become familiar with this technology, making them more productive once they enter the full-flight simulator or live flight."

Collins provides its HGS and EVS technologies for a variety of business, commercial, and military aircraft. Gulfstream’s G500 and G600, which are equipped with Collins HUDs and Kollsman’s EVS, were the first aircraft to receive FAA approval for EVS-to-land capability, which allows pilots to descend to the runway and land using EVS imagery on the HUD.