HELI-EXPO, Dallas. Thales, with headquarters in Paris, has equipped its Avionics 2020 cockpit with new connectivity capabilities for helicopters, company officials revealed at the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo trade show in Dallas, Texas.
Thales designed new connectivity-enabled functionalities into its Avionics 2020 system – making it the first fully connected cockpit for helicopters, officials say. The new connected features integrates and display open world information with data from the secured avionics.
The Avionics 2020 future cockpit connectivity-enabled features are specifically tailored to civil helicopter operators.
Avionics 2020, an advanced future avionics cockpit and next-generation connected cockpit, is ready for certification.
What is Avionics 2020?
Avionics 2020 from Thales in Paris is a new-generation helicopter cockpit designed to increase helicopter versatility and mission efficiency while reducing pilot workload.
Avionics 2020 represents the new-generation in helicopter cockpit avionics. A concept adapted to the needs of civil helicopter pilots and their missions.
Avionics 2020 is the result of a number of partnerships, spearheaded by Thales with researchers, scientific institutions and world class experts over a number of years. Its aim is to refine understanding in the field of human-machine interface (HMI). These efforts, culminated into a new generation cockpit founded on the principles of natural and direct hands-on interaction, designed to give the pilot all the elements needed to make the right critical decisions at the right time.
Avionics 2020 is perfectly suited to the needs of modern helicopter fleets, which require the same platform to fulfill many different types of missions, whilst maintaining the highest possible safety standards. Modern helicopter cockpits need to integrate ever more complex and varied onboard functions according to each mission profile. As a result, the helicopter cockpit of the future will need to quickly adapt to mission types, flight rules and crew configurations, and to generally be a more flexible and versatile instrument.
As a mission centric concept, Avionics 2020 is designed with the pilot in mind. As the number of mission types increase, additional burdens are placed on pilots, who are expected to perform more tasks. Avionics 2020 easily integrates future capabilities and functions to optimize and secure a wide range of helicopter missions, also taking into account specific functionalities driven by civil mission types such as search and rescue, emergency medical services, or offshore missions.
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