Garmin Announces Integrated Head-Up Display

The GHD 2100 delivers a 30-degree wide-angle view of pertinent flight information right in front of the pilot’s head. Garmin

Continuing to expand its market presence in the business jet world, Garmin announced a head-up display system to supplement its integrated flight decks. The Garmin Head-up Display (GHD 2100) delivers a 30-degree wide-angle view of pertinent flight information right in front of the pilot’s head, minimizing the time spent looking down and easing the transition from IMC to visual conditions.

“Industry studies indicate that flying with a HUD is safer in reduced visibilities, deteriorating weather conditions and in challenging environments,” said Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing Carl Wolf. “We’ve worked hard to harmonize the GHD and Garmin’s integrated flight decks so pilots are provided with a seamless in-flight experience throughout the cockpit.”

In addition to primary flight data, flight path and attitude information, the GHD 2100 can display synthetic vision, a flight path marker-based flight director and SurfaceWatch, which helps pilots avoid landing on or taking off from the wrong runway based on performance data. Garmin also plans to integrate views from external cameras, such as enhanced vision systems, into the GHD 2100. The integration of Garmin’s GHD 2100 allows bizjet operators to pursue CAT I and CAT II approach minima for ILS approaches.

The GHD system is designed for light, midsize and super-midsize business jets and is primarily offered with the G3000 and G5000 avionics suites. Garmin says it will be compatible with other integrated Garmin systems as well. Textron Aviation has committed to offering the system on its Cessna Citation Longitude, which is equipped with the G5000 Integrated Flight Deck.

Pia Bergqvist joined FLYING in December 2010. A passionate aviator, Pia started flying in 1999 and quickly obtained her single- and multi-engine commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. After a decade of working in general aviation, Pia has accumulated almost 3,000 hours of flight time in nearly 40 different types of aircraft.

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