The Comac C919 is expected to have HUDs from at least one manufacturer. The Thales equipment is a candidate, says Olivier Guibert, president of Thales’s Chinese and North Asian operations.
Rockwell Collins is talking to Airbus about making the HGS available on the European manufacturer’s aircraft, says Wen.
Like regulators elsewhere, the CAAC is allowing pilots to land aircraft in poorer visibility when their aircraft is fitted with a suitable HUDs, although the Chinese officials are being a little more conservative.
Seven Chinese airports have approval for such operations, says Rockwell Collins: Beijing, Shanghai Pudong, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xi’an, Qingdao and Jinan. “There are 58 additional airports scheduled to be approved for lower landing minima in the next two years,” the company adds.
By 2015, the CAAC wants HUDs in 10% of aircraft that can be fitted with them. By 2025, they should all have them. It is not clear whether the rule will apply to foreign aircraft coming to China, says one industry executive.