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3D pilotAvionTek GmbH developed the 3D-PILOT as product of a low-cost system (including hardware, software, and a database) that assists general aviation pilots in landing safely on small and poorly equipped fields under bad weather and low visibility conditions.
Most accidents during flights under visual flight rules (VFR) in general aviation occur due to the pilot’s loss of orientation and resulting loss of control in the landing phase, or a loss of situational awareness that leads to a controlled flight into terrain (CFIT).

3D pilotTherefore, there is a large impending demand for 3D add-on navaids with synthetic vision (SV) and guidance for general aviation pilots to improve the safety of VFR and IFR (instrument flight rules) flights. The 3D-PILOT monitor visualization is depicted in the figure. 
Current satellite positioning devices in the low-cost market offer not only 2D moving map navigation, but also new 3D navigation technology using high-precision satellite positioning with tunnel and predictor guidance. In addition to the software, a 3D navigation database needs to be developed worldwide and designed in different levels of detail.  Chapter 10, Annex 15 of the ICAO – as well as other aviation organisations – also recognise the requirements for states to provide “digital data on aerodromes and vicinity terrain that includes obstacles”. The AvionTek 3D-PILOT products respond to a number of corresponding needs: pilot demand for safe VFR and IFR flight and landing, as well as demand for safe flying/landing at 2,000-plus European airports in general aviation without ground-based navigational landing aids and 30,000-plus airports worldwide based on precise autonomous 3D navigation.

3D Pilot Landung Friedrichshafen from AvionTek on Vimeo.

Product characteristics

3D Pilot ™ Standard


3D Pilot ™ Standard
  • 1.6 GHz Dual Core CPU
  • 2 GB main memory
  • powerful 3D graphics
  • up to 512GB mass data storage,
  • vibration resistant Solid State Disk
  • separate IMU / GPS unit for permanent installation 
  • wide input voltage range 12-36V with        power supply
  • manual screen dimming
  • Speech of warnings (optional)
  • 7 pushbuttons with 2 multifunction knobs
  • USB slot and SD card slot for data and update loading
  • 3G Mobile Module (optional)
  • Cockpit Instrument Interface (optional)

3D Pilot ™ Tablet


3D Pilot ™ Tablet
  • 10.1 "/ 25,7cm Acer Iconia Tablet W500
  • WXGA resolution with 1280x800 pixels 
  • touchscreen 
  • preinstalled Windows 7 
  • 1Ghz dual core CPU 2GB RAM 
  • Powerful 3D Graphics Processor 
  • up to 128Gb mass data storage, vibration resistant Solid State Disk 
  • Battery for up to 6 hours battery life 
  • Connection for input voltage 12-24V, 220V adapter
  • weight 970g
  • optional 3G Mobile Module
  • optional Keydock docking station for additional connections  
Navigation data unit (sold separately)


Navigation data unit (sold separately)
  • highly integrated sensor unit with GPS, gyro and acceleration sensors
  • high-precision GPS, EGNOS and Galileo capable
  • Gyroeigenschaften: +/- 180 ° / s
  • Acceleration sensors: +/- 4g
  • Power supply: 11-34 V DC, 8 W
  • Size: 105 x 75 x 70mm (WxDxH) without mounting plate
  • Weight: about 900g
  • Temperature range: -40 to + 71 ° C
  • Metal housing, IP68 compliant 
3D pilot interface


3D pilot interface
  • Operation via touch screen or the standard product optionally Buttons 
  • Switching between 2D and 3D Moving Map Synthetic Vision
  • Displays the EFIS and the approach tunnel in the Real-time Synthetic Vision
  • Calculate the aircraft's position in the next 5 seconds the integrated predictor and thus timely correction possibility of approach in the tunnel
  • In addition, display of current flight information in a standard Infobox
  • Display of moving maps with vector at different scales
  • Approach profile display
  • Selectable miniature card
  • TCAS display, engine parameters, fuel gauge (optional)