New wearable head-up display deal for StandardAero and Thales

TopMax

StandardAero and Thales have signed a long-term partnership agreement for the certification and distribution of the Thales TopMax wearable Head-Up Display (HUD) for use in business aviation aircraft.

TopMax’s HUD system is specifically adapted to the needs of civil pilots, whose missions are longer and therefore need a lightweight wearable HUD. TopMax users have instant and intuitive access to critical flight information for navigation and safety. TopMax’s Synthetic Vision System (SVS) provides a full colour, unlimited 360° field-of-regard. The SVS system also allows for off-axis symbology including cross wind, synthetic runway, extended navigational centerline and 3D traffic display for advanced situational awareness and safety.

Utilizing its in-house Organizational Delegation Authorization (ODA), StandardAero anticipates the approval of several Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for TopMax systems in multiple business aviation aircraft. Once certified, Thales and StandardAero will collaborate in delivering this new technology to market that is easily installed for minimal aircraft downtime. 

“Thanks to this partnership, business jet operators now have access to a worldwide network and a one-stop shop to have Thales TopMax installed on their aircraft,” said Marc Drobny, President of StandardAero Business Aviation.   

“Thales TopMax will revolutionize how pilots fly business aircraft,” said Michel Grenier head of Avionics in North America for Thales. “The system will offer identical operational benefits for both take-off and landing as current Head-Up Displays, along with numerous other operational capabilities.”