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always improvements desired --- reduced unstable approaches, better
weather data and avoidance, and safer taxi routing are just some areas
we are looking to improve with regard to technology related to safety".
Avionics manufacturers are exploiting their cross-industry knowl-
edge and experience to bring benefits to the commercial airliner
cockpit, with developments in the business aviation, helicopter and
defence sectors benefiting commercial aviation.
"Honeywell's unique position as a leading provider of advanced
technologies for the commercial, business and defence markets
allows it to leverage advancements across all of the industries",
"The business aviation market holds great potential for the devel-
opment and implementation of new technologies", he says. " The use
of Honeywell touchscreens on the Gulfstream Symmetry flightdeck
is a prime example of how innovative approaches around the right
input can lead to the acceleration and integration of new and im-
pactful technologies in today's business aircraft", he adds.
Likewise, Honeywell's synthetic vision system, SmartView, is
already on numerous business aircraft platforms from Dassault,
Embraer and Gulfstream, while voice and neurotechnology are in
development and testing in the business aviation environment.
Thales acknowledges that many cockpit developments will appear
in business aviation first. "It's true that there is a long-standing rule
of thumb that most new technologies in the aerospace industry
makes their way in the business jet segment before the commercial
segment", says Perrot. "Commercial jets operated by airlines are very
sensitive to any drastic change in cockpit systems because of the
increased costs which would incur in having to train their thousands
of pilots. Business jets, on the other hand, have a di erent dynamic
and a di erent structure, which is much more fragmented than the
commercial market. It makes sense for them to access the most cut-
ting edge technology to be more e icient in the mission execution",
he adds. Whether Avionics 2020 will first make an appearance in
this sector remains to be seen, he adds.
Some of the new technologies, voice recognition for example,
might face some public perception issues, but it would face an
"incredibly strict validation and certification process" like any other
technology that finds its way on an aircraft, Thales' Perrot says.
We're also looking at three dimensional spatial sound as a potential
for our future".
The new technologies are put through their paces at Rockwell's
Advanced Technology Centre, followed up with testing on the manu-
facturer 's aircraft. "In February we demonstrated our new combined
vision capability to customers so they can witness our development
first hand. The feedback was extraordinary. We will have this system
certified this year and available in 2017", Gallo adds.
Moving forward, Gallos says Rockwell has "significant interest" in
software defined radios for communication, single pilot operations
and wireless avionics.
New technologies being explored by avionics manufacturers are
primarily aimed at delivering pilot workload reduction, capacity and
safety improvements. "Most, if not all aerospace manufacturers and
developers agree that the current cockpit systems architecture has
reached the upper limit of what can be added with a reasonable
expectation that the pilot will be able to handle all controls safely
and e iciently", says Thales' Perrot.
Cockpits in the future will require "a disruptive leap in technology
in order to accommodate ever more complex functionalities in a
way that makes the pilot's job easier and therefore enables them
to concentrate on the mission rather than just handling the instru-
ments", he explains.
Honeywell's Martens concurs: "While modernising the cockpit to
make flying safer and more e icient is the main driver of Honeywell's
technology development of new modalities, increasing pilot aware-
ness and simplicity of their workload is the key end-user experience
Honeywell wants to accomplish". He adds: "A big focus in developing
these technologies around common inputs like voice and touch is to
manage and reduce the workload of pilots. By improving e iciency
and processes through technology, pilots are able to focus on the
most important tasks at hand and improve the overall safety and
e iciency of flight".
Rockwell Collins' Gallo adds: "All our operators continue to drive for
greater e iciency --- turntime, taxi time, reduced in air deviations, four
dimensional trajectory. Reduced pilot workload comes from some of
these e iciencies, but does not necessary drive the technology de-
velopment. Air operations are the safest form of travel but there are
Left: The commercial cockpit has undergone considerable change over the last few decades. Centre: Avionics 2020 represents the template
on which Thales is basing all of its future avionics systems. Right: Rockwell's heads up guidance system combined with a synthetic vision
engine and new enhanced vision camera provide VFR like conditions regardless of environment.
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