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Questions tagged [glass-cockpit]

A cockpit featuring electronic/digital instrument displays.

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What are the reasons for not wearing polarized glasses during flying, if glass cockpit and polarized windshield aren't an issue? [duplicate]

So far the only reasons I can find are the newer planes come with polarized windshields that goes dark when you wear polarized glasses and the fact that glass cockpits become dark. But is there a ...
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Is screen burn-in a problem?

Screen burn-in can be a problem for older and cheaper monitors. It can be caused by fixed-width text, fixed-size graphics, and operating for long durations, which are things that are common in ...
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Redundancy in Integrated modules avionics [closed]

What kind of hardware redundancy is used in integrated modules avionics based architecture for EFIS displays running on a single processor? My question is specific to redundancy of display hardware ...
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Are there any standards on the dimensions of PFD symbols?

Are there industry standards on dimensions of PFD symbologies like heading, airspeed and altitude? I want to design a 15 inch screen and wonder if there are any standards or regulations regarding the ...
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What is a 5 Tube System?

I've been going over the new Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL) for Textron Aviation Model 500 Series Citations and on page 70 an Electronic Flight Information System (EFIS) 5 or 3 Tube System is ...
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What scale is the speed trend line on a PFD's ASI?

A primary flight display (PFD) in a glass cockpit has an airspeed indicator (ASI) that doesn't just display the speed, but also a vertical arrow or bar that shows the "speed trend" i.e. the ...
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How does a PFD handle unphysically abrupt changes in the parameters it's displaying?

This question is about human factors requirements in the design of software components displaying instruments in a primary flight display. (It's not about how to implement the software.) Let's take ...
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What does CSTR means on an Airbus FCU and what happens when CSTR PB is pressed?

I am searching for: The use of CSTR PB on Airbus FCU & During what phase is it used? Thanks
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What options are there to learning IFR flying on Garmin's G1000 (Cirrus Perspective)?

I am about to begin my IFR training. I can do this in a 5-year old 172 with the G1000 at a reasonable price. I need a good tutorial or book for learning IFR with the avionics on which I plan to ...
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What is the minimum price for a full Glass cockpit for the size of 6 passengers aircraft?

I am working on my final project at school and currently looking for the information about avionics system. We design a concept amphibious aircraft with the info as listed below: 2 pilots in the ...
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Are there common standards for aviation graphical user interfaces?

I'm searching for graphical user interface in aviation guidelines. Yet I miss the correct terms and I don't really know where to start. Let's take an example: what's the meaning of the green ...
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What's the UX in modern airliner avionics for diversion choices, and does it integrate to autopilot?

This question mentions a flight that had to divert, in that case to Iqaluit (YFB). I was wondering: in modern large airliners, what is the user interface like when diverting? How is the case of "what ...
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Is it possible to land a plane only with the Garmin® Synthetic Vision?

A synthetic vision system shows the pilot the position of his plane in a 3D-modelled flight environment. It's like a 3D TAWS. It also shows the position on the runway: As I have seen, this feature ...
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What is the power source of the clock in glass cockpits?

I always get the impression that, once the shutdown & secure checklist is completed, there would be absolutely no electricity to any components in the cockpit or any aircraft systems. However, ...
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What type of display is used for cockpit displays?

In "glass cockpit" aircraft, what type of display is used for the PFD/MFD system? Are they normal LCD screens, or are they "special" in some way (temperature tolerance, refresh rates, shatter ...
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How do modern avionics work without vacuum pumps or gyroscopes?

I'm going to be taking my checkride soon on a Skycatcher 162. It has an all glass cockpit utilizing the Garmin G300, and its my understanding that it does not utilize gyroscopes or vacuum pumps for ...
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What details do EICAS systems provide?

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, ...
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What dictates the shape of the attitude indicator display on the PFD?

I notice the atitude indicator displayed in the PFD is either squared-shape or truncated-circle-shaped. A good example of the square shape is the B747-400, It looks like a square whose corner are a ...
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Why are the cockpit displays swapped between the captain's and first officer's sides?

This question focuses on Airbus, like the A320, but is not restricted to those aircraft as the situation seems to be the same for other aircraft. In front of the left seat, the navigation display is ...
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Why are traditional knobs not replaced by touchscreens in cockpits?

Looking at this picture of an A380 cockpit I see that there are still a lot of traditional switches (meaning manual click on and off or knobs). Being technology so advanced in these days, why is it ...
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Are HUD systems available for light GA aircraft?

Some other questions about HUDs and how they work got me thinking. Military aircraft have had reflector sights since before WWII, and full HUDs since the mid-70s. The very same display layout, sans ...
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Why is it hard to see G1000 with sunglasses?

I got checked out in the G1000 172 at my flight school just so I could schedule to fly when the two steam gauge 172s were booked. I'm very impressed by the G1000, but I can't wear sunglasses when I ...
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Why does the speed tape on the Lockheed U-2 go the opposite way?

I found this clip online that shows the speed tape on the Lockheed U-2 going what I perceive is the opposite direction to the 'normal' convention. On most aircraft, the higher values are above and so ...
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What is the difference between Turn Coordinator and Artificial Horizon?

I was reading this question about Turn Coordinator and Artificial Horizon, and now I want to understand the differences between those two components. What is the main difference between Turn ...
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Can a software “hard freeze” or serious hardware problem completely disable the whole cockpit?

I think that the glass cockpit of a modern plane has some sort of a central power supply or at least some central controlling software. What happens if this central power suddenly disappears, or the ...
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How can a part 91 operator gain authorisation from the FAA to perform RNAV (RNP AR) approaches?

How would an individual pilot operating under Part 91 in a light aircraft with a future "glass cockpit" setup (maybe Garmin will add it to the G2000?) capable of coding and flying RNAV (Area ...
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How do GA glass cockpit attitude indicators handle aerobatics?

For example, consider you are flying the 8KCAB Super Decathlon (a fairly common acrobatic plane) that had G1000 (using the flagship Garmin glass cockpit as an example, answers for other types of GA ...
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What is the history of glass cockpits?

All glass cockpits seem to have the same basic setup for the primary instruments. Altitude tape on the right, air speed tape on the left, turn coordinator on top and an artificial horizon in the ...