SA Photonics has made the first commercial sale of its PilotVision Augmented Reality (AR) display. The headset-mounted system, designed for commercial aviation, was announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in August 2019. Fly Elite, a Pennsylvania flight training, FBO and maintenance provider, has received the first order to aid its training program.

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PilotVision clips on to a set of communications headgear and provides situational awareness via high brightness symbology over a 62-degree field of view, with almost zero peripheral obscuration. When not needed, PilotVision can be rotated up to its stow position, just like a boom microphone. The AR display interfaces with a standard attitude and heading reference system (AHRS) and does not need to be plugged in to aircraft electronics.

“We are very excited to implement PilotVision into our training program,” says James Rouiller, President of Fly Elite. “The capabilities PilotVision provides will not only dramatically increase our pilots’ and students’ situational awareness, but also their overall flight experience.”

PilotVision was designed by the same team that designed the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter head mounted display as well as the JHMCS head mounted display used on the F-15, F-16 and F/A-18 fighter jets, but sells for a fraction of the price. PilotVision uses flight symbology and synthetic vision provided by Adventure Pilot.