Rockwell plans synthetic vision for upgraded 757/767 flight deck

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Published: August 18, 2012

Rockwell Collins, which announced a retrofit update to the Boeing 757/767 flight deck at the Farnborough Airshow in July, has revealed that it is planning to add synthetic vision capability by around 2016.

The 757/767 flight deck upgrade, which is due for certification in the second quarter of 2014, will include elements of the Boeing 787 cockpit, including large displays and the option of an integrated head-up guidance system.

“We’re also going to add, in the future, a synthetic vision capability on the HUD. Synthetic vision is a database-driven situational awareness system,” Rockwell Collins VP and GM-air transport systems Jeff Standerski told ATW.

Standerski said Rockwell Collins already offers a HUD with synthetic and enhanced vision capability to the business jet market and it hopes to make this functionality available for the 757/767 “a year or two” after the initial upgrade.

“The business market is where you tend to have a lot more bells and whistles, so the ability to take technologies from the business jet market and provide them to the air transport market is going to be a significant opportunity for us,” he said. “We see HUD and advanced situational awareness as a major growth item.”

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