Human Engineering in Aircraft & System Design,
BRITISH AEROSPACE AIRCRAFT GROUP BROUGH (ENGLAND) KINGSTON-BROUGH DIV
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Todays operational aircraft cockpit has evolved from the experience of 60 years of powered flight, into an environment in which the pilot is presented with a very complex system management task. In some cases the task is so complex that operational constraints have been placed upon the aircraft because of the pilots inability to cope. The development of techniques such as digital data transmission the Data Bus and system such as the microprocessor has provided the opportunity to investigate new methods of presenting data and controlling systems from within the cockpit. These investigations have led to the introduction of the Data Bus and electronic multi-function head-down displays into the AV-8B and F.18. These systems, while increasing system flexibility, reduce the number of displays within the cockpit.