Posted by John McHale
SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil 13 Jan. 2011. Embraer's Phenom 300 executive jet received the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil - ANAC), the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certifications for using Garmin's synthetic vision technology (SVT). The aircraft is the first in the light jet category to offer this cockpit feature.
The synthetic vision system recreates a visual topographic landscape from the system's terrain-alerting database via sophisticated graphics modeling, which simulates what the pilot would see with the naked eye in broad daylight. It is particularly helpful in fog, rain, haze, darkness, or instrument flight conditions, Embraer officials say. The resulting virtual reality display offers pilots a supplemental 3-D depiction of ground, water, obstacles, airports, and traffic.
"Embraer makes every effort to provide unique solutions for customers, and the Phenom 300 is the only aircraft in the light jet category to offer the [synthetic vision] technology," says Luis Carlos Affonso, Embraer executive vice president, Executive Jets. "This technology provides excellent situational awareness even when flying in conditions of reduced visibility, safely guiding pilots through terrain critical airspaces and airports."
With a color-coded landscape, clearly showing those areas where potential flight-into-terrain risks exist, via amber or red overlays, towers or other obstacles that may interfere with the flight path are color-highlighted and displayed with the appropriate symbology. SVT works with traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS) and Traffic Information Service (TIS) technologies to depict targets in 3-D perspective, allowing a real-time assessment of how close and how high they are. Using familiar TCAS symbology that grows larger as it gets nearer, SVT makes traffic conflicts easier to see and identify.
SVT is a key feature of the Garmin Prodigy flight deck, and is available for retrofitting at a minimum downtime. Garmin's fully integrated Prodigy avionics suite was exclusively developed for the Phenom jets. Enhanced situational awareness, glass cockpit with large displays, state-of-the-art avionics and single pilot operation are the design drivers behind every detail of this flight deck.