Hilton Software has added Synthetic Vision to its flagship WingX Pro7 for iPad product.
WingX Pro7’s new Synthetic Vision depicts 3D terrain using its high-resolution terrain database, obstacles using an obstacle database, and airport runways. Terrain and obstacles that are above or slightly below the airplane’s altitude are shaded red and yellow. Also displayed are speed and altitude tapes and a Zero Pitch Line that shows the aircraft’s altitude in relation to nearby terrain.
Pilots can move to any airport in the country and can look around the airport in all directions and at all altitudes by sliding their finger over the Synthetic Vision view. This enables pilots to visualize a preferred route of arrival or departure for the airport, according to company officials. The Synthetic Vision can be displayed full-screen or simultaneously with other charts such as a VFR sectional or geo-referenced approach chart using WingX Pro7’s split screen view.
Hilton Software partnered with BA3 to develop and integrate Synthetic Vision into WingX Pro7. Bruce Shankle, CEO and founder of BA3 said, “Our mission was clear: to design and build a high-performance first-of-its kind Synthetic Vision engine for iPad. In WingX Pro7 Version 6 you can see several hundred miles in every direction to get a sense of terrain, obstacles, and runway layouts. This new iPad technology is the kind of innovation that is a true game-changer. WingX Pro7 with Synthetic Vision is a must-have for any pilot, private or commercial. We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with Hilton Software to deliver amazing graphics technology.”
In addition, Hilton Software worked closely with Levil Technology to integrate their new Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) unit and enable it to drive the Synthetic Vision display wirelessly. The result is a real-time depiction of the view outside and provides situational awareness for pilots flying at night, in reduced visibility, or even in perfect day conditions, company officials said. Levil Technology’s new AHRS unit will be introduced at Airventure and is planned to sell for approximately $750. Although the AHRS unit is not required to view the Synthetic Vision, the combination of WingX Pro7’s new Synthetic Vision and AHRS significantly reduces the price point and adds an additional level of aviation safety, company officials said.
WingX Pro7 Version 6 is a free update for registered users and will be available for download from the App Store and iTunes in July. WingX Pro7 is iOS 3, iOS 4, iPad, and iPad 2 compatible. Synthetic Vision requires a separate $99 annual subscription.
For more information: 408-268-8418 or HiltonSoftware.com