As Honeywell’s Falcon 900 equipped with the new EASy II avionics upgrade flew solidly down the glideslope to Runway 23 at Morristown Airport in New Jersey, the two pilots and I (sitting in the jump seat) could see a clear view of the outside world on the PFD’s SmartView synthetic-vision system (SVS) display. Outside the world was murky white and it stayed that way down to minimums.
For more than five years, Rockwell Collins engineers have been working on a tough challenge: how to make a compact head-up display (HUD) system, one that could fit into much smaller aircraft than the big jets that currently carry HUDs.
The Dassault Falcon 7X is among the first business jets to benefit from the better quality of LCD imaging for the enhanced-vision system (EVS) that the manufacturer is now offering as an option on its head-up display (HUD). The system allows crews flying the large-cabin trijet to see more clearly at night and in foggy conditions.
New technology is finally enabling avionics manufacturers to make head-up display (HUD) systems smaller, and Rockwell Collins is first out of the gate with the new HGS-3500. While it wasn’t able to bring a working model of the device to Geneva, the company is displaying a mockup at EBACE (Stand 7036) to show the unit’s stowable capability.
Bombardier on Thursday renamed its Global Express XRS with the new Global Vision flight deck as the Global 6000. The move is not all that unexpected given that the model became sandwiched between the Global 5000 and the Global 7000 and 8000, the latter two being announced in October at the NBAA Convention.
Rockwell Collins’s Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system received FAA technical standard order (TSO) approval on April 21. This sets the stage for STC approval on the avionics manufacturer’s Challenger 601 testbed and certification on the Bombardier Global Express XRS.
Rockwell Collins is developing the HGS-3500 head-up guidance system, a smaller and lighter head-up display (HUD) for turboprop singles to midsize jets. The HGS-3500, for use in aircraft equipped with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics suite, fits into one 12-pound unit that mounts in front of the pilot. It consists of an LED-lighted active-matrix LCD that feeds the image into the top of the HUD glass.
Rockwell Collins announced the new smaller and lighter compact HGS-3500 head-up guidance system today at the FSF/NBAA Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar in San Diego. At roughly one-fifth the installed cost of a typical long-range jet’s head-up display (HUD), the HGS-3500 promises to bring the safety benefits of HUD technology to the segment spanning single-engine turboprops to midsize jets.
The FAA issued operational certification for the Dassault Falcon 7X enhanced vision system (EVS), which will allow pilots who have completed the required training to receive operational credit for lower IFR approaches. The 7X EVS allows pilots to descend as low as 100 feet above threshold elevation, equivalent to Category II minimums, according to Dassault Falcon.