July 28, 2011
Avionics manufacturer Rockwell Collins revealed its latest technology for what will be a retrofit avionics suite for turboprops and light- to mid-sized jets. Future Pro Line Fusion cockpits will come with touch-screen interactivity, the company said. The motivating idea is to keep pilots more heads-up in the cockpit.
By touching various fields on the primary or multifunction displays pilots can call up display configuration menus, create flight plans, make weight and balance calculations, enter V-speeds, manipulate terrain, and call up or enter many other variables displays. By touching and rotating a circular overlay on a map display, pilots can zoom in and out on a specific area, and by dragging the map it can be slewed in any direction. These touch-screen functions can be used by themselves or in conjunction with, for example, standard console-mounted keypads or glareshield-mounted flight guidance controls.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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