October 10, 2017: Garmin International Inc. launched the Garmin Head-up Display (GHD 2100) for super-midsize business aircraft continues to make progress with flight testing and certification on the Cessna Citation Longitude in conjunction with the G5000 integrated flight deck. The GHD system includes modern optical design within a single display unit, projecting a crisp, clear view of pertinent flight information while also offering superior integration with Garmin integrated flight decks. Garmin will also feature a fully functional HUD at the Garmin exhibit at the National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada which will allow customers to interact with and experience the GHD first-hand.
“The operational benefits of flying with a HUD are significant, resulting in fewer missed approaches and vastly improved situational awareness – particularly in challenging environments,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “We’re excited to see our new HUD continue to make progress in its flight testing along with the Longitude and look forward to delivering this product to aircraft so flight crews can experience the harmony between the GHD 2100 and a Garmin integrated flight deck.”
The GHD is a compact, self-contained projection system with a large 30-degree by 24-degree field-of-view. It projects a familiar presentation of important flight information, symbology and more. The GHD can easily be incorporated into a variety of business aircraft cockpits while also maintaining comfortable head clearance. The GHD incorporates intelligent dimming that automatically adapts to ambient light, delivering top clarity and brightness in all lighting conditions.
Since the GHD is highly integrated with the Garmin flight deck, consistent symbology is utilised between both systems so pilots experience a near-seamless transition when flying with the primary flight display (PFD) or with the GHD. Besides displaying flight-critical PFD information, the GHD displays conformal attitude and flight path information overtop the real-world view, alongside navigation data, flight plan information, autopilot modes, master warning/caution annunciations and more. The GHD also provides a simplistic control interface and offers similarities in tactile operation in relation to the Garmin integrated flight deck.
The Flight Path Marker within the GHD accurately displays where the aircraft is flying, taking into account crosswind, angle of attack and other factors that impact the dynamic position and heading of the aircraft. Coupled with a flight path-based flight director, the pilot can more easily establish preferred aircraft flight path relative to the outside world.
Pilots are provided with a better level of situational awareness with Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT), which presents a 3D depiction of terrain, traffic, obstacles, the runway environment and more within the GHD, supplementing the outside view with pertinent flight information. Also featured within the GHD, SurfaceWatch provides visual and aural cues to help prevent pilots from taking off and landing on a taxiway, on a runway that is too short or on the wrong runway based on performance data entered during preflight.
The GHD is positioned to further expand its existing capabilities. Future options such as integrating with external cameras, including Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS), offer significant enhancements in situational awareness in fog and other low visibility situations. Future capabilities also include integration with a Combined Vision System (CVS), which blends EVS and SVT images to present pertinent levels of detail to the pilot, particularly during approach and landing.
The GHD also allows the operator to pursue Special Authorization Category I (CAT I), as well as Special Authorization Category II (CAT II) Instrument Landing System (ILS) approach minima.