I was reading this article about EICAS:
Engine-indicating and crew-alerting system (EICAS) includes instrumentation of various engine parameters, including for example revolutions per minute, temperature values, fuel flow and quantity, oil pressure etc. Typical other aircraft systems monitored by EICAS are for example hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, deicing, environmental and control surface systems. EICAS has high connectivity & provides data acquisition and routing.(source: Wikipedia)
Wikipedia article doesn't explain EICAS functionality very well, specially on the matter of the Crew-alerting System.
I'm interested to know more about this system... So here is my questions:
- I'm correct to assume that EICAS is a vital instrument for glass cockpits?
- Is every fault displayed there? (ie. Radio failure, air packs malfunctioning, etc...)
- What is the difference between red messages and yellow messages?
- How much detail can a pilot get from its messages?