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Survey of display technologies for military aircraft cockpit applications
Author(s): Earl Ratliff
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Paper Abstract

As designers and innovators of aircraft cockpit displays and display systems, we find ourselves in the unique position of participating in the evolving revolution in aircraft cockpit architecture. This revolution will only be limited by the availability of new (or upgraded) aircraft platforms, the innovative creativity of the designers, and - the limits of technology growth. The drivers of this technology growth will be the requirements for the new aircraft to be developed; the "new breed" of flight crew; and the requirement to wring more performance out of man and machine. But, what we must be mindful of, are the limits. The limits of assimilation, and the limits of technology growth. We, the designers, must pace ourselves to what will provide the aircraft industry with the best solution for its challenges without risking program cost and schedule. It is too easy to get into the frame of mind from which we will "push" a technology before it is mature. We all want to create that next advance, be on the leading edge. But, if we get ahead of that leading edge, we may do a disservice to ourselves and the industry. A case in point is the "pushing" of the Active Matrix Liquid Crystal display technology that has occurred. We engineers "know" it can be done!. The users "want" the latest for their new aircraft! The pilots are "fascinated" by its possibilities! However, these drivers must be tempered by reality. We tend to lose sight of what reality is in our desire to accomplish new and better things. Reality is — meeting the real requirements and no more. Reality is - making sure that availability meets schedule. Reality is — making sure that we don't oversell. Reality is - having a true understanding of cost.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1992
PDF: 24 pages
Proc. SPIE 1664, High-Resolution Displays and Projection Systems, (1 July 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.60350
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Earl Ratliff, Astronautics Corp. of America (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1664:
High-Resolution Displays and Projection Systems
Elliott Schlam; Marko M.G. Slusarczuk, Editor(s)

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