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Trends in Advanced Avionics

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Trends in Advanced Avionics describes in plain English the dramatic changes under way in the avionics industry. The 1980s saw the advent of the digital "glass cockpit" and the extensive technological advances associated with computer-based avionics systems. Now developers must balance advances in technology with the need for situation awareness, pilot workload management, and more intuitive functionality. Author Jim Curran explores the hallmarks of next-generation avionics - human-centered automation, integrated ...
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Overview

Trends in Advanced Avionics describes in plain English the dramatic changes under way in the avionics industry. The 1980s saw the advent of the digital "glass cockpit" and the extensive technological advances associated with computer-based avionics systems. Now developers must balance advances in technology with the need for situation awareness, pilot workload management, and more intuitive functionality. Author Jim Curran explores the hallmarks of next-generation avionics - human-centered automation, integrated modular subsystems, and improved overall performance. He also covers the supporting technological advances, as well as the limitations imposed by real-world business, economic, political, and human factors constraints. This book will appeal to avionics and airframe engineers; engineering program and marketing managers; and airline, corporate, and military flight crews and managers. Curran gives all who must concentrate on the technicalities of particular programs a valuable sense of the big picture within which their increasingly integrated programs must function.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813807492
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1 Introduction 5
1.1 Purpose of Avionics 5
1.2 Nature of Avionics 6
1.3 Major Trends 8
1.4 Preview 9
2 Framework of Avionics Development 12
2.1 User Acceptance 12
2.2 Air Traffic Control Environment 14
2.3 Technology Factors 19
2.4 Political and Regulatory Aspects 36
2.5 Business Concerns 45
2.6 Summary 48
3 Review of Advanced Avionics Programs 51
3.1 Avionics Programs: Pave Pillar, Pave Sprinter, Pave Pace, ICNIA, Pilot's Associate, Supercockpit 51
3.2 Aircraft Programs: ATF, ATA, ATB, RAH, EFA, 777, NASP/HSCT, FSX 59
3.3 Spillover from Advanced Avionics Programs 73
3.4 Summary 73
4 System-level Advances 75
4.1 System Integration 75
4.2 Automation 84
4.3 Summary 89
5 Crew-System Interfaces 91
5.1 General 91
5.2 Multipurpose Units 92
5.3 Displays 94
5.4 Speech Recognition and Synthesis 101
5.5 Directional Sound 102
5.6 Switching 102
5.7 Operational Simplicity 104
5.8 Summary 110
6 Navigation Advances 112
6.1 Historical View 112
6.2 Satellite-based Navigation (Satnav) 114
6.3 Inertial Navigation 118
6.4 Terrain-referenced Navigation 119
6.5 Terminal-area Navigation 120
6.6 Airmass Navigation 124
6.7 Radar 126
6.8 Summary 127
7 Communication Advances 129
7.1 Introduction 129
7.2 Air-Ground Coordination 130
7.3 Transponder Datalink Communication 132
7.4 Satellite Communication (Satcom) 134
7.5 Aeronautical Telecommunication Network 138
7.6 Collision-alerting Communication 139
7.7 Summary 143
8 Flight Control Advances 144
8.1 Introduction 144
8.2 Fly-by-Wire 145
8.3 Fly-by-Light (Fiber Optics) 147
8.4 Sidestick Controller 148
8.5 Autoland Capability 149
8.6 Windshear Avoidance and Recovery 151
8.7 Other Flight Control Advances 153
8.8 Summary 154
9 Perspectives on the Future 156
9.1 Introduction 156
9.2 Avionics Trends 156
9.3 Evolutionary Trends 162
9.4 Information Age 164
9.5 Integration 166
9.6 Automation 170
9.7 Postscript 172
Acronyms and Abbreviations 175
References 183
Index 187
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