July 23, 2012
By Alton K. Marsh
Head-up displays were once only for the military, then they made their way into airliners and high-end business jets. Now they are available for light sport, glider, and experimental aircraft thanks to an Italian company that uses American components.
Milan, Italy-based PAT Avionics is demonstrating a head-up display called G-HULP at EAA AirVenture for the first time. “Heads-up display technology was originally developed by the military because they realized it was a safer way for pilots to fly while making split second decisions,” said Marco Mille, chief technology officer for PAT Avionics. “After three years of research and development, now that same technology is finally available to make experimental and light sport aircraft pilots safer.”
G-HULP allows pilots to monitor their airplane’s important information—such as airspeed, altitude, and course data projected on a transparent glass display. “No longer do pilots have to take their eyes off the sky to check out their critical flight information,” said Mille.
It comes in two versions: G-HULP Stand Alone and G-HULP for Dynon SkyView.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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