November 6, 2009
By Ian J. Twombly
Think those military heads-up displays are really cool? Now you can get one for your airplane thanks to VirtualHUD, a new company with a unique concept.
VirtualHUD is an attitude indicator, heading indicator, airspeed indicator, and highway-in-the-sky projected onto a propeller. The hardware is simply a projector that is available either as an installed unit or as a portable that has an independent AHRS to supply the flight data information. With a quick and easy install, the $3,295-unit supplies all the critical flight information right in front of the pilot’s eyes in the most unusual of places.
As an added benefit, VirtualHUD includes a video input that enables it to overlay video onto the display, making enhanced vision almost seem like the real world.
It’s one of the many products on display this week at AOPA Aviation Summit in Tampa, Fla.
Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
New Zealand helicopter company Composite Helicopters is moving from kit to certified carbon fiber rotorcraft.
More than 500 members of the Montana aviation community turned out to “fly the Big Sky” by attending the thirty-first annual Montana Aviation Conference.
An ice runway that has become a New England destination tradition continues: 2,600 feet of Alton Bay have been scraped clean by dedicated volunteers.
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