April 3, 2012
By Jim Moore
Bombardier Aerospace delivered an industry first on March 28, as Formula 1 champion Niki Lauda accepted the first Global 5000 jet equipped with certified synthetic vision on a head-up display.
The flight crew need no longer look down to take in critical data from the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system, thanks to the Vision Flight Deck. The head-up display is fully integrated with an avionics suite featuring four panel-mounted, 15-inch LCDs, and the head-up display can be customized to carry information that best suits an individual pilot.
Vision Flight Deck head-up display. Image courtesy Bombardier Aerospace.
“The Vision Flight Deck is the realization of many years of efforts with our avionics partner Rockwell Collins and an industry first,” said Steve Ridolfi, president of Bombardier Business Aircraft, in a news release.
FAA certification for the Vision Flight Deck for Globaljets arrived Feb. 19, with European certification awarded the following day. Transport Canada certified the system in 2011.
Lauda, a three-time Formula 1 world champion, founded Air Lauda in 1979; in 2003, he founded FlyNiki—currently the second largest airline in Austria. The Global 5000 jet is the latest in a series of Bombardier business aircraft that Lauda has owned and piloted, the company stated.
AOPA Online Associate Editor Jim Moore joined AOPA in 2011 and is an instrument-rated private pilot who enjoys competition aerobatics.
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