SA Photonics secures first sale of AR display for flight training

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The display from SA Photonics, designed for commercial aviation, was released in August 2019. Fly Elite has received the first order to aid its training programme

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➨ PilotVision clips onto a set of communications headgear and provides situational awareness via high brightness symbology over a very large 62-degree field of view
➨ The AR display interfaces with a standard attitude and heading reference system
➨ It uses flight symbology and synthetic vision provided by Adventure Pilot

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California-based SA Photonics, a designer and manufacturer of AR HMDs, has announced the first commercial sale of its PilotVision display.

The display, designed for commercial aviation, was released in August 2019. Fly Elite, a Pennsylvania flight training, fixed-based operator and maintenance provider, has received the first order to aid its training programme.

Commenting on the PilotVision order, James Rouiller, president of Fly Elite, said: “We are very excited to implement PilotVision into our training programme. The capabilities PilotVision provides will not only dramatically increase our pilots’ and students’ situational awareness, but also their overall flight experience.”

PilotVision clips onto a set of communications headgear and provides situational awareness via high brightness symbology over a very large 62-degree field of view, with close to zero peripheral obscuration. When not needed, PilotVision can be rotated up to its stow position.

The AR display interfaces with a standard attitude and heading reference system, and does not need to be plugged in to aircraft electronics—allowing quick installation.

PilotVision was designed by the same team that designed the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter HMD, as well as the JHMCS HMD used on the F-15, F-16 and F/A-18 fighter jets.

It uses flight symbology and synthetic vision provided by Adventure Pilot, creator of the iFly GPS electronic flight bag software.

SA Photonics designs and manufactures a range of displays and HMDs. Most recently, the company released the SA-62/E AR display.

The AR display provides high contrast, bright imagery, as well as full occlusion of objects that are behind other objects.

In partnership with Paris-based SL Process, the display’s video processing system has low latency and provides SLAM (simultaneous localisation and mapping), as well as hand tracking.

Dr Michael Browne, general manager at SA Photonics, said last month that the SA-62/E “provides a seamless transition between the real and augmented worlds”.

“Our system will provide great benefits to users who require occlusion and operation in high ambient brightness environments.”

Image: SA Photonics
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