Forecasts shows strong increase in air traffic, the number of data exchanged explodes, the Hi-Tech will increase tenfold in the cockpits of the future.
What will commercial aircraft cockpit of the future look like? Most likely to our tablets and smartphones, explain the specialists of Thales Avionics and Rockwell Collins.
It takes time to bring new technologies into the cockpits
Touch screens are about to invade cockpits, because their ergonomics is intuitive and because the younger generation that comes to the job knows only this one.
The students are astonished, moreover, by the slowness of this conversion. These technologies are old and ubiquitous. So why not install them directly in the cockpits? In fact, ULMs and automotive industry have been used this for a long time, as have military aircrafts. To understand this delay, one must know the arcana of certification, a major specialty of the civil aviation world, as explained by Philippe Lievin, marketing manager at Rockwell Collins.
Basically, any object intended to be integrated into an airliner, whether it be a fuel pump or a coffee maker, must first be tested and meet a set of standards. This means that an iPad can not be installed in a cockpit because nobody has checked its fire resistance or the way it breaks during a shock or the effects of its radio emissions on the surrounding electronics. The pilots themselves have their say. For example, as Vincent Gilles reminded us, in case of violent turbulence, the touch screen becomes quite inconvenient.