Announced at Oshkosh, aviation synthetic vision is now available on the iPad. Hilton Software boasted of the addition of Synthetic Vision to its flagship WingX Pro7 for iPad product -- an addition that depicts 3D terrain using its high-resolution terrain database, obstacles using a comprehensive obstacle database, and airport runways.
Terrain and obstacles that are above or slightly below the airplane’s altitude are shaded red and yellow respectively. Also displayed are speed and altitude tapes and a Zero Pitch Line that shows the aircraft’s altitude in relation to nearby terrain. Pilots can move to any airport in the country and can look around the airport in all directions and at all altitudes by sliding their finger over the Synthetic Vision view. This enables pilots to visualize a preferred route of arrival or departure for the airport. The Synthetic Vision can be displayed full-screen or simultaneously with other charts such as a VFR sectional or geo-referenced approach chart using WingX Pro7’s unique split screen view.
Hilton worked closely with Levil Technology to integrate their new Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) unit and enable it to drive the Synthetic Vision display wirelessly. The result is a real-time depiction of the view outside and provides situational awareness for pilots flying at night, in reduced visibility, or even in perfect day conditions. Levil Technology’s new AHRS unit will sell for approximately $750. Although the AHRS unit is not required to view the Synthetic Vision, this combination of WingX Pro7’s new Synthetic Vision and AHRS significantly reduces the price point and adds an additional level of aviation safety.
Availability WingX Pro7 Version 6 is a free update for registered users and will be available for download from the App Store and iTunes in July 2011. WingX Pro7 is iOS 3, iOS 4, iPad, and iPad 2 compatible. Synthetic Vision requires a separate $99 annual subscription.
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