“Situational Awareness” is one of those phrases you hear a lot when aviation safety is the topic… and when isn’t aviation safety the topic in a cockpit? *** New on the market is a device to allow pilots to keep their eyes on the skies… while also having instrument readouts right in their field of view. *** HUD, or Heads-Up Display, a military technology that allows pilots to get all the info they need without having to scan the instrument panel so often, is here for the small aircraft screen. Milan, Italy-based PAT Avionics is the maker of the new G-HULP. *** HUD displays let you keep eyes outside without missing critical readouts *** Marco Mille, Chief Technology Officer for PAT, says this about it: “After three years of research and development, (HUD) technology is finally available to make experimental and light sport aircraft pilots safer.” *** The G-HULP allows pilots to easily monitor readouts such as air speed, altitude and course data, while looking forward, since the information is projected on a transparent glass display right above the instrument panel in the pilot’s direct forward view. There’s no more taking your eyes away to the panel in a critical or workload-intensive moment. *** A laser projector system makes it all work. There are currently two versions: G-HULP Stand Alone (approx. $5,500) and G-HULP for Dynon SkyView (approx. $5,000). G-Hulp, says Mille, is also “fully customizable”. *** To find out more, check out the website linked above or if you’re going to Oshkosh next week, the device will have its debut at the PAT Avionics booth, space #4128 in the Exhibit Building D. *** Download the Sporty’s Oshkosh info app if you’ve got a smartphone, it’ll help you find it, and that space, a lot easier.
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