Scientists and engineers at NASA’s Langley, Va., Research Center are evaluating the integration of a number of separate systems and techniques which, when combined, could achieve significant safety improvements in the approach and landing phase.
Primary flight display
Thales Avionics is in the final development phase of a new avionics suite, dubbed Top Deck, for regional and large business jets. It uses four 13.6-in LCD screens and has an “intuitive” man-machine interface.
Sagem Defense Securite is offering helicopter cockpit enhancements based upon LCD displays and two-axis autopilots. The company, part of the French Safran group (Stand A717), has already obtained supplemental type certificates for several rotorcraft. The price of the new product, dubbed the integrated cockpit display system (ICDS), ranges from $40,000 to $90,000–not including the installation kit.
Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S) is showcasing its Cockpit/IP (information portal) line of cockpit upgrades that are being installed on a wide variety of platforms, from the Pilatus PC-12 turboprop through the Boeing 737 Classic and 767 airliners to the Lockheed Martin C-130 military transport.
L-3 Avionics Systems (Booth No. 4299) is featuring its electronic standby instrument system (ESIS), including the GH-3000 attitude/air data and EHSI-4000 horizontal situation electronic indicators, which will be added to Cessna’s upgraded Citation XLS+. The Citation XLS+ joins the Citation Sovereign in offering the GH-3000 and EHSI-4000 standby indicators.
A partnership between S-Tec and Avidyne offers King Air 200 operators a large-display glass cockpit/autopilot upgrade, with FAA supplemental type certification expected shortly and deliveries to dealers beginning this quarter. The Alliant package should be the first large-display King Air system to receive an STC, although
Universal Avionics developed the first certified retrofit modern King Air LCD system.
Today’s highly capable glass cockpits certainly put old, round-dial standby instruments in the shade. In many cases, standby training has become almost a chore rather than a necessity. Yet the standbys are always there, ready for us. The question is, are we always ready for them?
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