iPhone used as aircraft flight display, HUD

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by PracticalMac, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. PracticalMac macrumors 68030


    Jan 22, 2009
    Houston, TX

    An AOPA article how an iPhone could be a "Heads Up Display" (HUD) in aircraft cockpits.

    At this point NO consumer grade electronic device can replace certified instruments, but such a device can be used for improved situational awareness for the pilots.

    Aircraft pilots rely on redundancy, with nearly all information display duplicated or triplicated for safety. An iPhone HUD simply adds another layer of redundancy in the cockpit, and the more natural display of the information makes it easier to understand what is being shown.

    Note that thrid party devices like Levil Technology or Sagetech make "attitude and heading and reference system (AHRS)" that can provide certified data to devices like iPhone's.

    It may not be long iPhone's can be used as certified flight display.s
  2. Exio macrumors regular

    May 14, 2012
    No...It's a phone for Christ sake. A dedicated aviation instrument acting as a HUD will be better in any situation, than a device designed to consume entertainment and make phone calls.

  3. ecwhite4S macrumors 6502

    Dec 17, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
  4. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Cool. Handheld PDAs and such have been used for this since the turn of the century.
  5. seajay96 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
    Of course a dedicated aviation instrument would be better. Would you care to transfer a few thousand dollars into my bank account so that I can get an EFIS installed into my panel? Or even just a "dedicated aviation" moving map GPS that gets weather information?

    Private pilots will (and do) use anything and everything to increase situational awareness in the air. The iPhone is already in my pocket and if I can use it to increase my SA while I'm flying then, by God, I'm going to use it. Who the hell are you to tell me how to use my iPhone?

    my :rolleyes: beats your :rolleyes:

    You've never been in a small plane, have you?
  6. StarShot macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2014
    FAA approved???
  7. EssModelsRule macrumors regular

    Dec 28, 2017
    Yes, but only for iPhone 4 and earlier models.
  8. PracticalMac thread starter macrumors 68030


    Jan 22, 2009
    Houston, TX

    In all seriousness, it does not replace certified instruments.
    It is completely permissible for any pilot to use such a device to augment his situation awareness.

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