Pilots now have many choices for viewing approach plates, arrival and departure charts and airport diagrams in the cockpit, from traditional paper to electronic flight bags (EFBs), built-in avionics and a plethora of devices from Apple’s new iPad to handheld computers, Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader and other devices adapted to the task.
Thales is leading a research project toward what might be the ultimate in avionics displays–a single-display flight deck. Envisioned are curved surfaces, multi-touch screens and enhanced configuration flexibility. The French avionics specialist and its research partners want to create a more intuitive, pilot-centered man-machine interface.
MD Helicopters is expected to begin offering a glass cockpit for new MD500 series beginning next month. United Rotorcraft Solutions is finishing flight testing on the STC it is developing for MD. United president David Brigham said the STC will also be offered as a retrofit for existing 500s through MD’s repair station in Mesa and through his company. He estimates installation time to be two to three weeks.
Audio International plans to begin deliveries of its new ethernet-based Platinum
HD cabin-management system in the second quarter of this year.
The new Q-Sight head-up display (HUD) from BAE Systems (Booth No. 1107) now has a launch customer in the military sector and the manufacturer
A preview of what future AgustaWestland helicopter cockpits will look like was seen in the AW149 mockup exhibited at the Paris Airshow last June. The new cockpit approach promises to reduce costs, both in the development phase and in the life cycles of aircraft. The higher degree of cockpit commonality among AgustaWestland models promises to save money on pilot training and enhance fleet flexibility.
A preview of what future AgustaWestland helicopters’ cockpits will look like was seen in the AW149 mockup exhibited at the Paris airshow last June.
The new approach promises to reduce costs, both in the development phase and in the life cycles of aircraft. The higher degree of cockpit commonality among AgustaWestland models promises to save money on pilot training and enhance fleet flexibility.
Effective March 8, the NTSB is amending its reporting requirements for aviation incidents to include whenever an airliner lands or departs on an incorrect runway; when damage to a helicopter’s tail or main rotor blade necessitates major repair or replacement; when all or part of a propeller blade separates from an aircraft, except when ground contact was the sole cau
Emteq recently unveiled what it is calling “Easy HD” for its SkyPro cabin management system (CMS). It provides high-definition components that work independently of an aircraft’s existing CMS and “requires little or no modification of the CMS.”
Flight Display Systems, the little guy in the cabin electronics business with a focus on the retrofit display market, is ready for the big time.