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HUDs for Small Airplanes

by John M. White |

BAE has introduced a much smaller heads-up display (HUD) system which is suitable for smaller aircraft.  Current HUD equipment is somewhat large, with the projector being above and behind the pilot's head and projects onto a clear screen in the pilot's line of sight.Click on image to enlarge

The new system by BAE would be about half the size of a projection system, and would instead of projecting an image from an overhead projector onto a display in front of the pilot, the BAE system eliminates the projector and "shoots" the image into the edge of the glass that is the display in front of the pilot.

BAE sees the Embraer series of regional jets as a likely market, while Boeing is interested in the system for the C-17 military aircraft. These systems add a great deal of safety to aircraft operations in adverse weather conditions, and provide a means to make aircraft more functional in a wider range of applications.

Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!


Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of my spouse
  And danced the clubs on Kiwi-polished boots;
Moonward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
  Of Moon-split clouds — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — in the Philippines
  High in the domelit silence. Holding there,
I've scared the airsick pax, and flung their baggage through footless halls of air.
  Up, up the long, delirious, burning black
I've topped the turbulent heights with little grace
  Where never C-130, or even C-5 flew.
And, while with fuzzy, sleep deprived mind I've trod
  The high untrespassed sanctity of controlled airspace,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of The Aircraft Commander,
  who thinks he is God.

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