Synthetic vision and nav system to equip AW139 cockpitNews
February 06, 2020
PHOENIX, Ariz. Honeywell is providing Leonardo's helicopter division with a cockpit upgrade — Honeywell's innovative Primus Epic 2.0 — for its AW139 helicopters. Primus Epic 2.0 will deliver features intended to provide better maps, improved situational awareness at night and in marginal weather, and easier access through wireless connectivity.
The navigation system is track-based, which the companies claim is a first for the industry. A track-based navigation system means the navigation follows the actual path of the helicopter and accounts for wind and other environmental factors.
The Primus Epic 2.0 Phase 8 upgrade includes the SmartView synthetic vision system which is usable all the way down into the hover, according to the company, to help pilots navigate during low-visibility conditions and challenging missions. A more user-friendly, iNAV map visual interface will also aid pilots and crews during missions.
Connectivity capabilities are also increased with the upgrade. Wireless Data Loading will let pilots access data at high speeds remotely without a hardwire connection, transferring flight plans wirelessly and accelerating preflight actions.