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Flight Testing an Integrated Synthetic Vision SystemNASA's Synthetic Vision Systems (SVS) project is developing technologies with practical applications to eliminate low visibility conditions as a causal factor to civil aircraft accidents while replicating the operational benefits of clear day flight operations, regardless of the actual outside visibility condition. A major thrust of the SVS project involves the development/demonstration of affordable, certifiable display configurations that provide intuitive out-the-window terrain and obstacle information with advanced pathway guidance for transport aircraft. The SVS concept being developed at NASA encompasses the integration of tactical and strategic Synthetic Vision Display Concepts (SVDC) with Runway Incursion Prevention System (RIPS) alerting and display concepts, real-time terrain database integrity monitoring equipment (DIME), and Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) and/or improved Weather Radar for real-time object detection and database integrity monitoring. A flight test evaluation was jointly conducted (in July and August 2004) by NASA Langley Research Center and an industry partner team under NASA's Aviation Safety and Security, Synthetic Vision System project. A Gulfstream GV aircraft was flown over a 3-week period in the Reno/Tahoe International Airport (NV) local area and an additional 3-week period in the Wallops Flight Facility (VA) local area to evaluate integrated Synthetic Vision System concepts. The enabling technologies (RIPS, EVS and DIME) were integrated into the larger SVS concept design. This paper presents experimental methods and the high level results of this flight test.
Document ID
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Kramer, Lynda J. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Arthur, Jarvis J., III (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Bailey, Randall E. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Prinzel, Lawrence J., III (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2005
Subject Category
Avionics and Aircraft Instrumentation
Meeting Information
SPIE Defense and Security Symposium 2005(Orlando, FL)
Funding Number(s)
OTHER: 23-079-60-10
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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