SA Photonics, a designer and manufacturer of augmented reality (AR) head mounted displays, is pleased to announce the first commercial sale of its PilotVision AR display. The headset-mounted system, designed for commercial aviation, was announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in August 2019. Fly Elite, a Pennsylvania flight training, FBO and maintenance provider, has received the first order to aid its training program.
PilotVision clips on to a set of communications headgear and provides unmatched situational awareness via high brightness symbology over a very large 62-degree field of view, with almost zero peripheral obscuration. When not needed, PilotVision can be rotated up to its stow position, just like a boom microphone. The AR display interfaces with a standard attitude and heading reference system (AHRS), and does not need to be plugged in to aircraft electronics—allowing installation in seconds. PilotVision was designed by the same team that designed the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter head mounted display as well as the JHMCS head mounted display used on the F-15, F-16 and F/A-18 fighter jets, but sells for a fraction of the price. PilotVision uses flight symbology and synthetic vision provided by Adventure Pilot, creators of the iFly GPS™ electronic flight bag (EFB) software.