Ever-evolving, avionics and cockpits are continuously seeing new modifications established by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ensure they are as efficient for pilots as possible. As technology advances, these changes allow them to safely operate aircraft through every phase of flight without compromising performance.
While both non-integrated and integrated avionics exist to accommodate different vehicle models, the former predates the latter, and is slowly being replaced by those with fully integrated cockpit packages. This is due to the fact that integrated avionics often combine all necessary controls needed to pilot an aircraft into one single unit, that of which can be easily accessed by the pilot during flight at all times. For example, many avionics used within commercial and defense aircraft include a monitoring, communication, navigation, weather, anti-collision, and autopilot system compiled into a single unit within the cockpit, making sure that pertinent details and command switches are always visible. Below, we are going to briefly explore the history leading up to the application of integrated avionic systems within glass cockpits, alongside the components that make them valuable.
Moving away from traditional aircraft controls consisting of various analog dials and mechanical gauges used prior to World War I, the emergence of glass cockpits in military aircraft within the late 1960’s and early 1970’s quickly gained popularity among manufacturers. This ultimately encouraged the widespread incorporation of electronic flight displays we see used in avionics today.
While one should not feel pressured to upgrade their avionics system, doing so can introduce new features that alleviate certain tasks required of a pilot, which in turn, can also mitigate pilot fatigue. With the implementation of automated systems and digitized displays capable of tracking and analyzing data, pilots are able to focus more of their time on other critical tasks that demand their attention. However, seeing as how glass cockpits vastly differ depending on plane size, not all integrated avionics in a plane will be the same, and consideration must be taken.
Seeing as every component inevitably reaches the end of its service life, when general maintenance or part failure requires that specific avionics be replaced, this should be done immediately to guarantee that the aircraft is airworthy and fit for flight. When it comes time to upgrade any one of your knobs, buttons, touchscreens, navigation display systems, and/or other display components, Part Orbit is here to assist you.
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