Cockpit

October 22, 2013 - 7:45am
Thales is designing its Avionics 2020 cockpit to enhance decision-making by the flight crew.

Thales is here at the NBAA show (Booth No. N216) exhibiting its Avionics 2020 flight deck demonstrator, a human-machine interface designed to preserve pilots’ cognitive resources, thus enabling them to focus on what they are good at: making decisions. In other words, according to its promoters, this is a cockpit designed for airmanship. The development schedule of Avionics 2020 should suit a business jet program aiming at a 2020 entry into service.

October 20, 2013 - 3:30am
With the Honeywell 3-D taxi add-on to SmartView pilots will have the option of selecting an exocentric view (shown here) or an egocentric one, which will resemble the view through the windscreen.

Honeywell Aerospace continues to develop improvements and add-ons to its SmartView synthetic-vision system (SVS), including a 3-D taxi system and the capability to use lower Category II landing minimums on Category I ILS and GPS-based LPV approaches. Both new features, while not yet products, offer the promise of increasing pilot situational awareness and flight safety during different phases of flight.

October 4, 2013 - 1:05am
The Cockpit Apps iLog flight log iPad app tracks every element required for Part 91 and 135 flight logs.

Cockpit Apps released a major revision to its iLog flight and maintenance log system, which replaces paper cockpit logs with an iPad app for recording and transmitting FAA-compliant log information. The iLog version 2.0 is available in the Apple iTunes Store for $149, but owners of the previous version released a year ago can upgrade for free.

October 1, 2013 - 2:30am
Cessna Citation Sovereign (Photo: Matt Thurber)

When I pushed the thrust levers forward for takeoff in the newest version of Cessna’s Citation Sovereign, not only did the big jet surge forward but something else interesting happened: at about 75 percent N1 the power levers moved forward on their own and set takeoff power precisely, rather than require Shannon Peterson, senior pilot flight operations, to make the fine adjustments for takeoff power. Shortly thereafter we reached rotation speed, I pitched into the V-bars on the flight director and the powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306Ds launched the Sovereign skyward.

July 15, 2013 - 1:25pm

Cockpit technology could actually hinder business aviation flight safety, especially when that technology is retrofitted to older steam-gauge aircraft, said a July 1 podcast from the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). The industry group lists the impact of technology as one of its Top 10 safety issues.

July 2, 2013 - 5:10am
With Xplore, Arinc Direct offers an Iridium-based Acars and text messaging system.

With the new Xplore system Arinc Direct is jumping into the market for small portable Iridium-powered onboard communications devices that use Apple’s iPad as the control/display unit for cockpit and cabin data services.

Xplore is a small box, two inches thick and no larger than an iPad, that users will carry onto the aircraft, thus no installation of an avionics unit is required. Xplore needs to be attached to power and to an external dual Iridium/GPS antenna to enable communication with Iridium satellites.

July 2, 2013 - 4:55am

Avionics manufacturer Thales is leading a €30 million ($39 million) research project to investigate the possibility of single-pilot airliner operations. Named Across (advanced cockpit for reduction of stress and workload), the project started in January and is slated to last three-and-a-half years. Its primary aim is to help crews deal with peak workload and pilot incapacitation (including automated landing in the latter instance).

July 2, 2013 - 4:55am

Avionics manufacturer Thales is leading a €30 million ($39 million) research project to investigate the possibility of single-pilot airliner operations. Named Across (advanced cockpit for reduction of stress and workload), the project started in January and is slated to last three-and-a-half years. Its primary aim is to help crews deal with peak workload and pilot incapacitation (including automated landing in the latter instance).

July 2, 2013 - 2:50am

Eurocopter and French aerospace research center Onera are jointly investigating how augmented reality, for the senses of vision and touch, could benefit helicopter pilots in the future. The two organizations are developing an advanced flight simulator, also known as a “neuro-ergonomic” platform, initially aimed at finding ways to avoid obstacles and terrain.

June 24, 2013 - 2:20pm

Mitre’s Center for Advanced Aviation Systems Development is recruiting pilots to help evaluate proposed changes to instrument approach standards. Selected applicants–who will be paid up to $250 for their time–must have had a flight review within the past two years and be current instrument-rated pilots with glass-cockpit experience. Interested applicants should contact Anna Christine Yilmaz at (317) 459-5947 or via e-mail at yilmaza@my.erau.edu for additional information.

 
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