Translator Disclaimer
23 June 2000 Common software and interface for different helmet-mounted display (HMD) aircraft symbology sets
Author Affiliations +
Different aircraft in different services and countries have their own set of symbology they want displayed on their HMD. Even as flight symbolgy is standardized, there will still be some differences for types of aircraft, different weapons, different sensors, and different countries. As an HMD supplier, we want to provide a system that can be used across all these applications with no changes in the system, including no changes in the software. This HMD system must also provide the flexibility to accommodate new symbology as it is developed over the years, again, with no change in the HMD software. VSI has developed their HMD software to accommodate F-15, F- 16, F-18, and F-22 symbology sets for the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System. It also has the flexibility to accommodate the aircraft types and services of the Joint Strike Fighter: Conventional Takeoff and Landing variant for the USAF, Carrier-based Variant for the USN, and the Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing variant for the USMC and U.K. Royal Navy and Air Force. The key to this flexibility is the interface definition. The interface parameters are established at power-on with the download of an interface definition data set. This data set is used to interpret symbology commands from the aircraft OFP during operation and provide graphic commands to the HMD software. This presentation will define the graphics commands, provide an example of how the interface definition data set is defined, and then show how symbology commands produce a display.
© (2000) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
Fred F. Mulholland "Common software and interface for different helmet-mounted display (HMD) aircraft symbology sets", Proc. SPIE 4021, Helmet- and Head-Mounted Displays V, (23 June 2000);


A history of helmet mounted displays
Proceedings of SPIE (May 21 2015)
Utility Evaluation Of A Helmet-Mounted Display And Sight
Proceedings of SPIE (September 05 1989)
Rise of the HMD the need to review our...
Proceedings of SPIE (May 10 2011)
VISTA/NF-16D programmable helmet-mounted display system
Proceedings of SPIE (June 18 1997)

Back to Top