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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thales Unveils Head-Worn Display for Business Jets

Juliet Van Wagenen

[Avionics Today 11-19-2015] Thales has unveiled TopMax, a civilian head-worn display, providing a 360-degree field of view and eye-out functionalities that increase safety for business jet pilots, especially during critical phases and in low visibility. TopMax is a combination of military Helmet Mounted Sight Displays (HMSD) and civilian Head-Up Displays (HUD) and seeks to provide a compact head-up vision system with an extra-large field of view for the civilian market to complement existing HUD systems.


Thales TopMax head-worn display for the business aviation market
Thales TopMax head-worn display for the business aviation market. Photo: Thales

TopMax provides low visibility take off/landing functions, Enhanced Flight Vision (EFV) and Synthetic Vision System (SVS) capabilities of a fixed HUD but, like an HMSD, it gives a 360 degree field of view and total eye-out functionality. Thales was also able to integrate a head tracking system for target designation and cueing functions.

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