The View from the Top

Hughes, David
September 2004
Aviation Week & Space Technology;9/27/2004, Vol. 161 Issue 12, p51
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the A380 flight deck architecture that provides new flexibility for upgrades. Airbus Inc. is using an advanced information technology architecture on the A380 flight deck to deliver enhanced capability now, while making it easy to upgrade the cockpit in the future. By creating a modular systems architecture that relies on a commercial Ethernet databus modified for avionics use, Airbus is creating a flight deck that can be easily changed when that becomes necessary. Airlines simply can't afford to chase the latest innovation in information technology the way makers of consumer products such as laptop computers can.


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