Avionics Report

March 2011 Issue

VirtualHUD Wingman: A VFR-Only EFIS?

An inexpensive portable horizon display with Garmin GPS connectivity, the Wingman has a great display and smart features but lacks magnetic heading data.

Portable gadget freaks will love the idea of a handheld and battery-operated attitude display that you can plop on top of the glareshield. We hate portables for the cockpit and even we were intrigued by the $1495 Wingman EFIS. Former NASA engineer William Steele founded VirtualHUD in 2006 around his ForwardVU Virtual heads-up display (HUD). The ForwardVU projects heads-up flight data on the backside of the spinning propeller while eliminating the pricey optical gear required of high-end HUD systems. The Wingman was later engineered as a stand-alone EFIS to compliment the HUD system.

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