What makes the T-6 series a better trainer than the old airplanes is that it is designed to help new pilots make a faster transition into jets. The PT6 engine has a power management unit (PMU) that makes it respond more like a jet engine than a turboprop; hopefully the only difference is that T-6 pilots still need to step on the right rudder during takeoff, although rudder trim is available and easily accessible on the Hotas. Naturally the HUD helps with the transition to jets, too, as does the modern avionics suite.
Among avionics manufacturers, there are two philosophies at work, the so-called “head-up, head-down” debate. This has devolved into cockpits equipped with head-up displays (HUD) and those with traditional head-down displays (flat-panel LCD pilot flight and multifunction displays) and no HUD. Head-up means the pilot can continue looking out the windshield while viewing flight guidance information on the HUD, through touchdown. Head-down means viewing information on the instrument panel, then looking through the windshield during touchdown.
If you want a “heads up” on what’s hot at the EBACE show, head to Gore Design Completions (Stand 661) and experience their brand-new virtual reality offering. The Texas-based design company has brought a new head-up display (HUD) technology concept to help customers visualize their new aircraft interiors.
Saab Electronic Defense Systems is introducing Rigs, a lightweight, compact, enhanced-vision product for business aircraft and helicopters that can display navigation, attitude, flight, reticle and video information to the crew in a head-up display (HUD) presentation. Its open-system architecture makes Rigs ideal for integration into a variety of forward-looking infrared, flight data display and avionics suites.
Saab Electronic Defense Systems is introducing Rigs, a lightweight, compact product for business aircraft and helicopters that can display navigation, attitude, flight, reticle and video information to the crew in a head-up display (HUD) presentation. Rigs conforms to European TSO requirements applicable to HUDs for transport aircraft, as well as night-vision-goggle requirements. It can be used simultaneously with NVG and the information can be presented in either red or green, depending on the flight application.
The benefits of synthetic vision are available for operators of the Pilatus PC-12 NG. The Honeywell Primus Apex flight deck in the PC-12 NG is designed for single-engine turboprops through light jets, and now with SmartView synthetic vision added, Apex offers the sophistication and utility of Honeywell’s Primus Epic avionics found in much larger aircraft such as the Gulfstream G650 and Dassault Falcon 900EX EASy II.
Rockwell Collins has completed flight trials and is “on course” to receive operational credit approval for synthetic vision on a head-up display (HUD) next year, company vice president and general manager for business aviation Greg Irmen said at EBACE. The expectation is that initial approval will be for any runway equipped with an ILS, with credit allowing pilots to fly the approach down to lower minimums using synthetic vision on the HUD without visual references.
The new EASy II flight deck is in full view here at the EBACE show in the cockpit of a Dassault Falcon 900EX. Honeywell, manufacturer of the Primus Epic avionics suite on which the EASy suite is based, has brought the aircraft to Geneva and is offering customer demonstration flights.
Rockwell Collins (Stand 436) has completed flight trials and is “on course” to receive operational credit approval for synthetic vision on a head-up display (HUD) next year, according to Greg Irmen, vice president and general manager business aviation for the U.S. avionics manufacturer. “We are moving very fast in working with industry partners [aircraft manufacturers] to get operational credit,” he said.
Now that the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system is certified and in service, pilots who enjoy the benefits of flying with a head-up display (HUD) gain a new feature on the HUD, synthetic vision. The first business jets with HUD synthetic-vision systems (SVS) are Bombardier’s Global 5000/6000.