Rockwell Collins on Monday introduced a first touch-control primary flight displays for business jets and turboprop aircraft. The company, which made the announcement at this week's Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., said the system will be available on future applications of the company’s Pro Line Fusion avionics system.
“These displays demonstrate our focus on empowering pilots with natural head-up, eyes-forward interfaces,” said Colin Mahoney, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Rockwell Collins. “Touch-controlled, icon-based controls on the main displays help keep pilots’ attention focused up and forward for safer and more efficient flying.
“When programming the flight management system, instead of entering information on a console-mounted keypad, pilots can redirect to a graphically displayed waypoint or destination with a single swipe of a finger.” Other simple gestures directly on a map display would control panning and zoom features.