10-Apr-2017 Source: HeliHub.com
The Swiss Air Force has recently ran a series of tests on a new system which will help with low-visibility conditions such as whiteout. The trials were done in three days, sponsored by NATO, using an Airbus EC635 helicopter fitted with LIDAR sensors and processors. RUAG Aviation was in charge and carried out all integration work.
The LIDAR data was combined with terrain maps and shown on either the cockpit screen or a helmet-mounted display (HMD). The HMD proved to be more efficient, reports RUAG integration manager; Roland Lörtscher. He further comments how currently, there are no rules regarding this type of technology systems. The trial will help create baselines for certification standards, reports Flight Global.