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Head-up dis­play sys­tems have been widely used in the mil­i­tary for decades, and the busi­ness jet mar­ket has also seen the value of pre­sent­ing flight data in the pi­lot’s view out the win­dow. With Garmin vy­ing for a big­ger chunk of the bizjet mar­ket, it has launched its own head-up dis­play sys­tem to sup­ple­ment its highly acclaimed in­te­grated flight decks. The Garmin GHD 2100 HUD de­liv­ers a 30-de­gree, wide-an­gle dis­play of per­ti­nent flight in­for­ma­tion in front of the pi­lot’s eyes, min­i­miz­ing the time spent look­ing down and eas­ing the tran­si­tion from IMC to vis­ual con­di­tions.

The GHD 2100 dis­plays in­for­ma­tion that is found on the PFD. This in­cludes primary flight data, syn­thetic vi­sion, and flight path and at­ti­tude in­for­ma­tion. A flight-path-marker-based flight di­rec­tor on the GHD 2100 shows an ex­act rep­re­sen­ta­tion of where the air­plane is go­ing, tak­ing into ac­count cross­winds, an­gle of at­tack and other fac­tors that af­fect the air­plane’s flight path. Sur­face­watch, which helps pilots avoid land­ing on or tak­ing off from the wrong run­way based on per­for­mance data, can also be dis­played. The in­te­gra­tion of Garmin’s GHD 2100 al­lows bizjet op­er­a­tors to pur­sue CAT I and CAT II ap­proach min­i­mums for ILS ap­proaches. In the fu­ture, Garmin plans to in­te­grate views from ex­ter­nal cam­eras, such as en­hanced­vi­sion sys­tems, into the GHD 2100.

The HUD is de­signed for light, mid­size and su­per-mid­size busi­ness jets and is com­pat­i­ble with the G3000 and G5000 avion­ics suites. Garmin says it will soon work with other in­te­grated Garmin sys­tems as well. The Cessna Citation Lon­gi­tude is the first ap­pli­ca­tion.

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