Honeywell's Synthetic Vision System Demonstrates Outstanding Performance on
Black Hawk Helicopter
Synthetic Vision System Enhances Crew Situational Awareness And Reduces
Pilot Workload to Help Avoid Helicopter Accidents
PHOENIX, March 11, 2009 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced
successful flight demonstrations of its enhanced synthetic vision system and
sensor fusion capabilities on the Black Hawk helicopter at the U.S. Army
Aeroflightdynamics Directorate (AFDD), AMRDEC at Ames Research Center, Moffett
“Taking-off and landing in desert terrain during brownout, when outside
conditions and obstacles are completely obscured, can lead to accidents,” said
Mike Cuff, Vice President, Honeywell Helicopter and Surface Systems.
“Honeywell’s synthetic vision system enhances situational awareness and reduces
the workload for pilots operating aircraft in degraded visual environments. The
system is designed help ensure safer missions and mission success.”
The flight tests were conducted last month. Three flights were conducted with
three different test pilots, and each flight accumulated nearly two hours of
flight time. The tests included five approaches to three different landing
zones, in a variety of terrain and obstacles. During each approach, the test
pilot used the heads-down feature of the synthetic vision system to pick a safe
landing point before moving to the next approach. Actual landings were not
performed due to airfield and aircraft restrictions.
The installed equipment sustained no failures during the flight tests and
earlier, during the 32 hour flight demonstration program.
Honeywell’s synthetic vision system and sensor fusion technology was selected
by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in 2007 to improve helicopter landings in brownout
conditions, as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Sandblaster program. Under the terms of the $6.9 million, 18-month contract,
Honeywell is designing, integrating, and demonstrating the avionics processor
that hosts the synthetic vision and sensor fusion capabilities for the Black
Hawk cockpit system.
The Honeywell system integrates radar-based sensor information with terrain and
obstacle data. When combined with the synthetic vision, it provides a highly
detailed three-dimensional graphic view of the landing environment on a primary
flight display, regardless of outside conditions.
“The synthetic terrain display, overlaid with fused radar data and advanced
symbology indicating current and predicted flight conditions, will help pilots
land the aircraft without using outside visual reference points,” Cuff said.
“Honeywell has been a leader for 50 years in developing advanced cockpit
systems for helicopters and we continue to develop technologies that will make
This is accomplished with Honeywell’s industry-leading sensor fusion
technology, which uses a radar sensor’s return to determine whether an area is
occupied or not. The system also determines if the slope across the landing
zone is within aircraft limits. This is combined with the virtual 3D model
terrain and obstacle database and the aircraft position to ensure correct
alignment to an exact point on the earth to create a real-time situational
awareness while accurately guiding pilots to a point on earth.
Honeywell also produces the Integrated Primary Flight Display synthetic vision
system that currently is on multiple business and corporate aircraft
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