Enhanced and synthetic vision have been flight tested together by Rockwell Collins and the U.S. Air Force to help set the stage for an autonomous approach and landing capability in 10-15 years. When combined, enhanced vision--provided by a forward-looking infrared (Flir)--and synthetic vision--composed of a computer-generated 3-D view of the world derived from a digital terrain database that includes obstacles--help pilots to make approaches in low visibility and in black-out ...

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