Bombardier: Certified synthetic vision HUD delivered

April 3, 2012

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Vision Flight Deck on a Bombardier Global 5000 jet. Image courtesy Bombardier Aerospace.

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.

Bombardier 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.