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HEAD-UP DISPLAYS OFFER A

LOOK AHEAD
Not as a concept or synthetic - but as reality
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H I G D O N

n 1979, the late comic genius and all-around talent
We can see the real world behind the projected data
Robin Williams launched his recording career with
imagery. While the in-cockpit projection suffers nothing
his inaugural comedy album and a famous line:
from inclement weather beyond the windshield, pilot
"Reality ... What a Concept."
vision certainly suffers from
Not only was the album a huge
clouds, fog and rain - not to
hit, the title line resonated with
mention the dark of night.
THE TRANSITION
generations of Americans who came
The transition between
BETWEEN INSTRUMENTS
of age during the tumult of the
instruments and terrain stands
AND TERRAIN STANDS
1960s and 1970s. Those years gave
among the most challenging aspects
AMONG THE MOST
the world Vietnam; multiple political
of instrument approaches, making
CHALLENGING ASPECTS
assassinations; Watergate; and civilthe visibility of flight attitude
OF INSTRUMENT
rights upheavals. Those years also
and air data particularly useful in
APPROACHES, MAKING
revealed a resiliency in people many
instrument conditions.
THE VISIBILITY OF
previously failed to realize.
In another step in out-theFLIGHT ATTITUDE AND
In recent years, what once served
window-viewable instrumentation,
AIR DATA PARTICULARLY
as a punch line and social marker
avionics manufacturers continue
USEFUL IN INSTRUMENT
began to take on new meaning
to expand the capabilities of headCONDITIONS.
for pilots fortunate enough to fly
up-display technologies. They
behind one of today's increasingly
are tapping evolutions of existing
sophisticated systems for projecting
infrared-imaging sensors of the
flight guidance as images out ahead where field of
type already in use in many business-turbine and piston
view aligns with depth of field. While it appears near
aircraft.
infinity, the image is, in reality, an illusion of optics and
But with these systems, the pilot sees real-time images
projection displayed on a transparent background.
of the world behind the obstruction or minutely detailed
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News December 2014

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View from Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
Head-up Displays offer a Look Ahead
Member Profile
The Age of Unmanned Aircraft Systems
A Conversation With...
Member Profile
Garmin Debuts Low-Cost ADS-B Solution
What's Working?
Business Basics
Before & After
A Conversation With...
AEA Members make news at NBAA Convention
What's New
Marketplace Classifieds
Avionics News December 2014 - Intro
Avionics News December 2014 - Cover1
Avionics News December 2014 - Cover2
Avionics News December 2014 - 1
Avionics News December 2014 - 2
Avionics News December 2014 - 3
Avionics News December 2014 - Point of Communication
Avionics News December 2014 - 5
Avionics News December 2014 - AEA Now
Avionics News December 2014 - 7
Avionics News December 2014 - 8
Avionics News December 2014 - 9
Avionics News December 2014 - 10
Avionics News December 2014 - 11
Avionics News December 2014 - 12
Avionics News December 2014 - 13
Avionics News December 2014 - The View from Washington
Avionics News December 2014 - 15
Avionics News December 2014 - International News and Regulatory Updates
Avionics News December 2014 - 17
Avionics News December 2014 - 18
Avionics News December 2014 - 19
Avionics News December 2014 - Head-up Displays offer a Look Ahead
Avionics News December 2014 - 21
Avionics News December 2014 - 22
Avionics News December 2014 - 23
Avionics News December 2014 - Member Profile
Avionics News December 2014 - 25
Avionics News December 2014 - 26
Avionics News December 2014 - 27
Avionics News December 2014 - The Age of Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Avionics News December 2014 - 29
Avionics News December 2014 - 30
Avionics News December 2014 - 31
Avionics News December 2014 - 32
Avionics News December 2014 - 33
Avionics News December 2014 - A Conversation With...
Avionics News December 2014 - 35
Avionics News December 2014 - Member Profile
Avionics News December 2014 - 37
Avionics News December 2014 - 38
Avionics News December 2014 - 39
Avionics News December 2014 - Garmin Debuts Low-Cost ADS-B Solution
Avionics News December 2014 - 41
Avionics News December 2014 - 42
Avionics News December 2014 - 43
Avionics News December 2014 - What's Working?
Avionics News December 2014 - 45
Avionics News December 2014 - 46
Avionics News December 2014 - 47
Avionics News December 2014 - Business Basics
Avionics News December 2014 - 49
Avionics News December 2014 - 50
Avionics News December 2014 - Before & After
Avionics News December 2014 - A Conversation With...
Avionics News December 2014 - 53
Avionics News December 2014 - AEA Members make news at NBAA Convention
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Avionics News December 2014 - What's New
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Avionics News December 2014 - 69
Avionics News December 2014 - Marketplace Classifieds
Avionics News December 2014 - 71
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