Collins Aerospace supplies FAA with HUD training device for scientific research

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has ordered a Head-Up Display (HUD) training device from Collins Aerospace Systems, to be used in ongoing scientific research. The research will explore areas such as pilot-HUD interface, and the benefits of utilising HUD for pilot performance and overall crew workload.

The HUD VR trainer provides a view of what a pilot would actually see when flying with a HUD, and utilises Collins Aerospace’s Heads-up Guidance System and Enhanced Vision System (EVS).

“The HUD VR system provides increased access to training, helping pilots get as much time as they need using a HUD on approaches and landing in difficult conditions,” said Nick Gibbs, vice president and general manager, Simulation and Training Solutions for Collins Aerospace. “Our trainer can significantly reduce the length of time it takes for a pilot to become familiar with this technology, making them more productive once they enter the full-flight simulator or live flight.”

Collins Aerospace provides HGS and EVS technologies to a variety of business, commercial and military aircraft operators. These technologies are thought to increase safety for night flying, or in low visibility and adverse weather conditions. According to the manufacturer, HGS and EVS can also help improve military mission success with aircraft such as the C-130J, helping aircrews more accurately see drop zones, runways or other targets in all conditions.