Honeywell on Track to Certify and Deliver First IPFD for Business Aviation
First Applications for Gulfstream G350/G450/G550 Business Jets
NBAA, Atlanta.- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) is preparing to certify the first application of its Integrated Primary Flight Display (IPFD ™) by the end of 2007.
The first application will be for Gulfstream’s Synthetic Vision-Primary Flight Display (SV-PFD) on the Gulfstream G350, G450, G500 and G550 family of business jets. Deliveries of the optional technology are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2008.
“As our development of this technology has progressed, we’ve been able to increase the resolution quality of the displayed terrain, giving the flight crew an improved view of the surrounding flight environment, aiding their situational awareness,” said Bob Smith, Vice President, Advanced Technology. “Our IPFD™ has accumulated more than 800 hours of flight simulator testing and 450 hours of flight testing on Honeywell aircraft. Combined with the almost 800 million hours of flight validation of Honeywell’s terrain database, we believe our IPFD™ will provide the flight crew awareness of terrain, obstacle and runway information similar to what they get under visual weather conditions under any weather conditions.”
The SV-PFD is designed to seamlessly integrate into the Gulfstream PlaneView® cockpit featuring Primus Epic architecture and builds on Honeywell commitment to bring new and innovative functionality to the world most advanced flight decks.
Last year at NBAA, Honeywell announced that it was developing IPFD ™, an innovative synthetic vision product that has garnered wide industry recognition and multiple industry awards.
Synthetic Vision provides pilots a ‘3-dimensional, real-time, out the window’ representation of terrain and obstacles on the aircraft primary displays.
Honeywell’s IPFD™ improves the Primary Flight Display (PFD) by fusing terrain data and advanced symbology, including things like Flight Path Marker which are typically found on a HUD, giving the flight crew improved situational awareness. The terrain is generated from Honeywell’s Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) terrain database using high-performance graphics generation system. The EGPWS database has nearly 800 million hours of proven operation on commercial, business jets and helicopters.
Honeywell developed the IPFDTM by performing extensive human centered design studies, capturing the “Voice of the Customer.” Rapid prototyping in the Honeywell lab simulators and extensive flight testing with hundreds of pilots helped Honeywell develop a state-of-the-art SVS product.
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