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echoes the pilot view outside the cockpit, on a clear day, pilots
have an easier time making the transition from flying with the
GHD, to the flight display - or the outside view.
Garmin also integrated its SurfaceWatch ground-situation
software into the GHD 2100. By employing takeoff performance
data entered into Garmin avionics, the GHD 2100 also provides
visual and aural cues to warn pilots about taking off or landing on
a too-short runway, the wrong runway, or a taxiway.
The GHD 2100 also displays a flight path marker and flight
path-based flight director. The flight path marker includes speed
offset and velocity cue, according to Garmin's information, to
help the flight crew employ precise energy management in-flight.
Garmin took a forward-looking approach to its first HUD
product, equipping it with growth provisions built-in. Future
enhancements include options such as external video cameras,
multispectral enhanced vision systems and more.
Textron Aviation tapped the GHD 2100 for flight tests in the
new Cessna Citation Longitude, a super-midsize business jet using Garmin's G5000 flight deck. Cessna installed the GHD in the
Longitude prototype. The feature will be available in the future
with another certification now that the Longitude has been typecertificated and entered service.
Estimated installed cost of the optional HUD/EVS package
runs between $500,000 and $600,000. Textron plans to pursue
approval for available lower approach minimums when using the
HUD/EVS.
MyGoFlight's SkyDisplay HUD
This product came as something of a surprise when MyGoFlight, maker of all forms of cockpit conveniences (iPad mounts,
screen protectors, clothing, flight bags, etc.) unveiled its new
SkyDisplay HUD.
The SkyDisplay HUD uses flight information received from
installed avionics that allows pilots to fly with their head up and
eyes out, as with other HUD systems.
Compact and lightweight - about 2 pounds - the SkyDisplay
is small enough and compact enough to fit into the cockpit of
many piston singles - and larger general aviation aircraft.
The SkyDisplay, however, differs somewhat from most approved HUD systems.
First, the MyGoFlight HUD displays two colors on its combiner screen. While the display unit itself outputs in full color,
MyGoFlight limited the colors used to two - green and magenta
- the two colors that can safely be used in all light and background color situations, according to the company.
Also, its display is nonconformal, which means the HUD
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path vector. Additionally, the SkyDisplay's symbology doesn't
overlay terrain graphics precisely.
Conversely, the SkyDisplay's $25,000 price, plus installation,
is a fraction of the cost of other approved HUDs. Additionally,
the SkyDisplay's combiner screen adjusts to match the pilots line
of sight, not the other way around - making the pilot adjust the
seat to find the sweet spot in the HUD's field of view.
The low cost and flexibility more than make up for the
nonconformal display, in the view of those who've sampled the
SkyDisplay's abilities.
Certification of the SkyDisplay should come by late spring,
according to the company. The 35-day government shutdown
delayed progress on this product, as it did for other aviation R&D
activities. Since, MyGoFlight elected to pursue approval for
SkyDisplay as a portable electronic device with certification for
the installation provisions.
The first approvals sought cover Part 23 aircraft flown under
Part 91. MyGoFlight plans to first STC the system for Avidyneequipped Cirruses, with Cessna Caravans equipped with Garmin
G600 displays next on the list before tackling the then latermodel fleet with the Cirrus Perspective By Garmin avionics
suite. After that, Pilatus' PC-12 propjet single is another strong
prospect for the SkyDisplay.
Textron offers HUD option for pistons:
Epic Optix portable HUD
Textron Aviation, maker of the Cessna and Beechcraft line of
piston general aviation aircraft, began offering the Epic Optix
Epic Eagle portable HUD about a year ago, and acceptance has
been strong.
Epic Optix designed the Eagle HUD for light aircraft to
help minimize distractions by equipping pilots with flight and
navigation information on a full-color high-definition display.
The Eagle HUD takes its power from the aircraft, its data via
Wi-Fi from a pilot's iPad or portable tablet running either iOS or
Android operating system.
Epic Optix bills the Eagle HUD as the first full-color HUD
for light general aviation airplanes, and its price - about
$2,000 - and flexibility are two keys to the success of the
Epic Optix system.
Epic Optix designed the Eagle HUD with a simple clamp
to mount the hardware to the leading edge of a glareshield or
other firm mounting sources that puts the display in the pilot's
line-of-sight.
The company programmed the Eagle firmware to work with
Airplay or Screen Mirror to display the flight data of an EFB
package running on one of the available mobile devices.
The company says the Eagle HUD works with any type of
EFB software application, among them Avidyne's IFD100, Boeing's Foreflight, WingXPro, Garmin Pilot, Appareo Horizons for
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