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New head up display rounds the bendNew head up display rounds the bend

MyGoFlight system nears certificationMyGoFlight system nears certification

MyGoFlight CEO Charlie Schneider says he is just weeks away from certification of his SkyDisplay HUD-LCD180 head up display. A departure for the company known for its flight bags and pilot accessories, the HUD is a longtime dream of Schneider’s. His goal has been to offer pilots flying light turbine airplanes down to high-performance piston singles the benefits of a head up display, devices usually only found on military, airline, and high-end business jets—where the usual price of entry for a HUD starts at six figures.

MyGoFlight is demonstrating its head up display at EAA AirVenture. The company anticipates FAA certification for Cirrus aircraft soon, with other models to follow. Photo by Mike Collins.

The version of SkyDisplay that we saw at EAA AirVenture in July had progressed considerably in the past year.

The system consists of an aircraft interface device that can be buried behind the panel. It takes certified flight information from the panel-mount systems and sends it to a small projector from the automotive world mounted over the pilot’s head and projects the image onto a “combiner” suspended in front of the pilot.

Much of the recent advancement has been in the level of sophistication of the presentation, now projected in two colors, and enabling reconfiguration of the display based on phase of flight. For example, at 40 knots, the display switches from ground mode to flight mode, bringing forward the flight path marker. During takeoff, it shows custom V speeds and allows the pilot to keep his eyes focused down the runway, rotating at precisely the right speed, maximizing safety and minimizing runway used. In the cruise phase, the HSI becomes larger. That, combined with the zero pitch line and flight path marker, make for easier en route flying and simplified approaches. On approach, the pilot can again maintain better situational awareness by keeping eyes focused on the runway when transitioning from instrument to visual conditions. Airspeed and altitude trend tapes provide additional pilot cues.

Schneider says he expects to have certification flights completed in September and to quickly follow with an approved model list for installation in Cirrus airplanes first, with other high performance singles to follow quickly. The initial Cirrus approvals will be for those equipped with Avidyne displays; approvals for Aspen- and Garmin-equipped airplanes would be next.

The price for an Avidyne-equipped Cirrus should be about $25,000. Aspen-equipped models will be closer to $18,000 because there is no need for the interface device in that configuration.

Thomas B. Haines

Thomas B Haines

Editor in Chief
AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines joined AOPA in 1988. He owns and flies a Beechcraft A36 Bonanza. Since soloing at 16 and earning a private pilot certificate at 17, he has flown more than 100 models of general aviation airplanes.
Topics: Technology, Avionics, Aircraft Accessories

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