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RAH-66 Comanche flight test crew station configuration
Author(s): James A. Gracia; John V. Becker
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Paper Abstract

The No. 1 RAH-66 Comanche helicopter has been fitted with a dedicated multi-function cockpit instrumentation display system (CIDS) to provide real-time telemetry/instrumentation data to the flight test crew. In each crew station, the CIDS provides a color active matrix liquid crystal display (AMLCD) video terminal, two color AMLCD graphics terminals, switches, and light emitting diode indicators as a complement to the 'production'. AMLCDs driven by the installed mission equipment package (MEP) avionics. The CIDS operates from the telemetry system's airborne computer units which are independent of the MEP. The real-time telemetry and instrumentation information facilitates the flight test crew's ability to diagnose flight anomalies and provides insight into the performance of numerous aircraft systems. The video terminal AMLCD supports the selection of multiple pages of information - customized instruments can be programmed overnight to support the next days tests. The CIDS additionally provides a backup 'fly home' capability for the pilots should the MEP fail during flight tests. The CIDS has proven invaluable by providing the needed information to expedite performance of the flight test program.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1997
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3057, Cockpit Displays IV: Flat Panel Displays for Defense Applications, (1 July 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.276976
Show Author Affiliations
James A. Gracia, Harris Corp. (United States)
John V. Becker, Applied Display Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3057:
Cockpit Displays IV: Flat Panel Displays for Defense Applications
Darrel G. Hopper, Editor(s)

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