Anaheim, California - January 27, 2020 – Universal Avionics (UA), an Elbit Systems Company, is debuting its latest developments in the ‘Fly by Sight’ flight deck concept to the helicopter market during the HAI HELI-EXPO 2020. The company’s ‘Fly by Sight’ concept brings various flight deck technologies together in an integrated way for more intuitive head-up operation during critical phases of flight, and is designed to improve safety in low-visibility environments and mission operations. For Heli-Expo 2020, UA is announcing the integration of its new software-based Interactive FMS (i-FMS) navigation system into the ‘Fly by Sight’ concept
Show attendees can participate in a demonstration of the ‘Fly by Sight’ helicopter solution at UA Booth 3408. The demonstration features the ClearVision™ Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) with SkyLens™ Head-Wearable Display (HWD) or SkyVis™ Helmet-Mounted Display (HMD), InSight™ Display System, and next generation Interactive FMS (i-FMS).
“During last year’s Heli-Expo, we unveiled our ‘Fly by Sight’ concept to helicopter operators with the InSight + ClearVision flight deck,” said Dror Yahav, UA CEO. “We are continuing to develop and enhance our capabilities, bringing a fully functional demonstration to the show this year, featuring even more mission and life-saving operation capabilities – critical to EMS, law enforcement, and SAR operators,” he added. “Our latest update to the ‘Fly by Sight’ flight deck, the i-FMS, offers the latest in design flexibility with a feature set that provides helicopter operators with advanced mission capabilities that are simplified, automated, and more intuitive – enhancing mission launch completion rates while maintaining the highest level of safety."
Integration between the InSight Display System and ClearVision EFVS system greatly improves the way pilots fly – day and night, particularly in degraded visual environments. Utilizing the SkyLens HWD or SkyVis / SkyVis Night Vision Goggle (NVG) HMD, pilots are offered a ‘real world’ view of terrain and obstacles, and enhanced safety in limited visibility with ‘Fly by Sight’ operations. The cockpit suite provides a cost-effective head-up, head-down solution for enhanced safety.
Add in the i-FMS and head-up time in high workload environments is enhanced, enabling the pilot to conduct critical functions via head-up technologies instead of relying on head-down displays. The system is specifically designed to make operations more intuitive, made possible by integrating the head-up display with key FMS functionality.
HAI HELI-EXPO attendees interested in demoing the ‘Fly by Sight’ cockpit solution can visit UA’s booth 3408.
ClearVision is a complete EFVS solution providing head-up symbology combined with enhanced vision (EVS) and synthetic 3D terrain display (SVS). It features a large field-of-view and infinite field of regard, with the brightest and highest resolution SkyLens HWD and SkyVis / SkyVis NVG HMD solutions for the rotorcraft market. With the ClearVision system, overcome degraded visual environments during the day, at night, and when using NVG. Learn more here.
InSight Display System
The InSight Display System is designed for all helicopter missions, from IFR and low visibility to low altitude and special mission operations. The latest, state-of-the-art integrated flight deck solution includes high-resolution LCD displays with cutting-edge 3D Synthetic Vision System (SVS) and 2D Topographical Moving Maps for enhanced situational awareness. InSight also features pilot-selectable screen layouts, a graphical user interface, and advanced radio control. Learn more here.
Interactive FMS (i-FMS)
The i-FMS is a software-based FMS designed on a flexible and open architecture system which can be hosted on a variety of hardware platforms. It enables new concepts in Human Machine Interface (HMI) such as augmenting head-down displays with ClearVision Head-Up Displays (HUD) and HWD, allowing pilots to ‘fly by sight.’ Learn more here.
About Universal Avionics
Universal Avionics, an Elbit Systems Company, is a leading manufacturer of innovative commercial avionics systems offered as retrofit and forward-fit solutions for the largest diversification of aircraft types in the industry. To learn more about Universal Avionics, visit www.uasc.com/company/about.