C4iSR: Air

Boeing designs T-X cockpit display for students of personal device generation

31 January 2018

Key Points

  • Boeing designed its T-X cockpit displays with flatscreens and intuitive functionality
  • The company on 30 January unveiled the display

Boeing designed its T-X aircraft cockpit display with flat screens for students from the personal device generation, according to a key executive.

“The students who are going to fly these airplanes … they touch apps, they find their way,” William ‘Ted’ Torgerson, T-X programme manager, told Jane’s in a 31 January interview. “They touch displays and that’s what they’re used to.”

Boeing on 30 January unveiled images of its T-X cockpit display, which it previously kept under wraps. (Boeing)Boeing on 30 January unveiled images of its T-X cockpit display, which it previously kept under wraps. (Boeing)

Boeing on 30 January released its first images of its T-X aircraft’s cockpit display, which the company blocked off when it publicly unveiled the aircraft to press and the public in September 2016. Boeing is entering its T-X aircraft in the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) T-X trainer competition.

The Boeing T-X cockpit features a simple layout, superior visibility, stadium seating, an upfront controller display, and a large area touchscreen display, according to a company statement. Torgerson said Boeing designed the display to be intuitive to pilots, meaning they can move displays or maps around instinctually.

“We’ve really tried to put as much functionality on there as we could and take as many mechanical switches out of the cockpit,” he said.

Torgerson noted that Boeing’s T-X aircraft provides pilots with the ability to move objects around on the cockpit display while wearing gloves, something not possible on previous generations of flat screen cockpit displays.

Torgerson said the cockpit display is not only good for the beginning of the T-X programme, but is also reconfigurable and reusable in the future. For example, he said, if the USAF wants to change basic layouts of the cockpit display or emulate another aircraft, it is doable via Boeing’s open architecture (OA) and ability to add applications.

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