By Staff Writer | February 25, 2014
On the opening day of Heli-Expo 2014 in Anaheim, Thales uncovered its Avionics 2020 new-generation helicopter cockpit. Modeled on the principles behind Avionics 2020 for fixed-wing aircraft presented at the 2013 Paris Air Show, this cockpit represents the new-generation in helicopter avionics. Avionics 2020 is the result of a number of partnerships, spearheaded by Thales with researchers, scientific institutions and experts in the field, aimed at refining knowledge in the field of human-machine interface. These efforts, culminated in a new-generation cockpit founded on natural and direct hands-on interaction, designed to give the pilot all the elements needed to make the right critical decisions at the right time.
The Avionics 2020 concept introduces a modern architecture including multi-touchscreen capabilities, head-down controls, open and customizable systems and a mission-centric approach, putting the pilot at the center of a helicopter operation. The structure of the cockpit favors the integration of future capabilities and functions to optimize and secure a wide range of helicopter missions, also taking into account specific functionalities driven by civil mission types such as search and rescue (SAR) or offshore operations, as well as military mission types such as tactical, combat or reconnaissance operations.
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