Constantly evolving to suit modern technology, avionics and their installation within cockpits are continuously seeing new modifications established by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), ensuring they are as efficient for pilots as possible. Moreover, as technology advances, these changes allow pilots to safely operate aircraft flight control systems through every phase of travel without compromising performance.
While both non-integrated and integrated avionic flight decks exist to accommodate different types of planes, non-integrated avionic equipment predates the latter, and is slowly being replaced by those with fully integrated cockpit packages. This is because integrated avionics often combine all necessary controls needed to pilot an aircraft into one single unit. That way, all equipment can be easily accessed by the pilot during flight at any time. For example, avionics used within commercial and military aircraft typically include a monitoring, communication, navigation, weather, anti-collision, and autopilot system compiled into a single unit within the cockpit. Thanks to their close proximity to the pilot, this guarantees that pertinent mechanisms and command switches are always visible. To better understand the importance of avionic systems, we are going to briefly explore their history which leads us to their application within glass cockpits, alongside the components that make them valuable.
Moving away from traditional aircraft controls consisting of various analog dials and mechanical gauges employed prior to World War I, the emergence of glass cockpits in military aircraft within the late 1960s 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 pilots should not feel pressured to upgrade their avionics, doing so can introduce new features that alleviate certain tasks required of each pilot, acting to mitigate stress and 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 navigation display systems, switches, alternators, powerplants, MRO and other aircraft components, Nascent Aviation is here to assist you.
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