Future Flight Deck Technology

The Future Flight Deck project set out to develop advanced capabilities for flight deck technologies, and improve the availability of the aircraft by providing the pilot with a fuller picture of the aircraft situation. The technologies could offer increases in aircraft routes and help reduce flight delays in the future.

The project consortium (GE Aviation, BAE Systems, Coventry and Southampton Universities) is developing a new flight deck concept built on advanced human factors and human machine interface principles, to incorporate advanced technologies into cockpit displays, data networks, graphics and video processing; including touch screens and head-up display technologies.

Key drivers of size, weight, power, time to market and cost; have been addressed, technology readiness levels of TRL 5-6 have been demonstrated with power and weight reductions of up to 30% being achieved. Integrating the technologies into a simulator facility has enabled independent evaluations to be performed by trained commercial pilots, demonstrating that the solutions identified would be capable to meet current and future certification requirements.

The resulting improved capability and functionality of a new flexible flight deck contributes to a sustainable UK capability in the design and delivery of next generation aircraft flight decks, safeguarding around 50 UK jobs.

Download the Future Flight Deck Technology case study
Short Title: FFD
Project Number: 113004
Project Cost: £10,949,688
End Date: 31st Dec 2016
Time Horizon: Exploit
Lead Partner: GE Aviation Systems Limited
Attributes: Safety, Operational Needs & Flexibility
ATI Value Stream: Smart, Connected and More Electric Aircraft