The Tycho SVFDS or "Synthetic View Flight Display System" is software
designed to display a real-time computer generated 3-dimensional
Rendering of an aircraft's physical environment. In conjunction with
Screen shot from Tycho proof-of-concept
position and orientation information provided by GPS and AHRS (Attitude
Heading Reference System) units, Tycho displays a computer generated
synthetic view of the terrain, airspace, and obstacles that are out in
front of the aircraft.
Tycho is primarily designed to help pilots avoid terrain, obstacles,
and airspace incursion while flying visually: not under Air Traffic
Controls guidance. It is also designed to help non-instrument rated
pilots maintain control and avoid hazards in the case of an
inadvertent visual flight into low visibility conditions - a situation
that accounts for a large percentage of aviation accidents.
Tycho is in early development.
The dRIS or "digital Regional Information
System" is a system for digitally distributing regionally significant
information to aircraft in flight. Utilizing terrestrial broadcast
facilities, the dRIS system seeks to gather and distribute such
information as airport data (frequencies, TPA, runways in use, wind
direction, advisories/NOTEMs, sky conditions, METARs), weather data
(SIGMETs, AIRMETs, pilot reports), and general data such as NOTEMS and
TFRs. Once received, this information can then be displayed in the
cockpit using the Tycho system or an MFD (Multi-Function Display).
dRIS is in the investigative stage.