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.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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