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FLIGHT TEST: Embraer's vision enhancer shows great promise

Throughout my aviation career I have had experience flying with head-up displays, or HUDs: from the fairly rudimentary one in the General Dynamics F-111, used primarily for weapons aiming, to the large field of view (FoV) one in the Boeing C-17. The HGS system installed on the Boeing 737s I fly as an airline pilot allow Cat IIIa approaches, increasing schedule reliability. On preview flights in transport and business aircraft, the HUDs in the Boeing 787 and large-cabin Gulfstreams come to mind. Most would agree that a HUD can be a great safety enhancer, allowing flight of the aircraft with one’s head out of the cockpit.

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