Honeywell Synthetic Vision for Helicopters Demonstration Flight
Aircraft synthetic-vision systems (SVS), provide pilots with a colorful, animated depictions of the world outside the cockpit, matching what they would see looking through the windshield on a clear day. Honeywell delivers synthetic vision for business aircraft under the brand name SmartView. The system uses the terrain database of company’s Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) merged with head-up display (HUD) symbology and presents the SVS graphics on an aircraft’s primary flight displays (PFD).
When you add forward-looking infrared to SVS, you get a heat-referenced, real-world view along with a 3-D, database-derived and geo-referenced virtual view. When SVS is combined with IR, Honeywell calls them are called enhanced- or combined SVS (CVS).
The situational-awareness advantages of enhanced, syntheitc vision for airplanes are obvious, especially for operations on or near the ground, such as taxi, takeoff, approach and landing. How much more valuable then would enhanced vision be for aircraft, namely helicopters, that spend much more of their time closer to the ground?
In early April, Honeywell offered AIN an opportunity to experience the company’s in-development combined synthetic-vision system (CVS) for helicopters during a demonstration flight in Honewell’s corporate AgustaWestland AW139. Here are a few photos from that flight.