Industry News

September 2000 Issue

Report from Oshkosh

Color moving maps; they’re everywhere. Expect one as standard equipment in your first jet in a couple of years.

[IMGCAP(1)] If the Zen of abstract needles and steam-driven gyros is your idea of a good time, the emerging GA cockpit may soon be a disappointment. The flight-deck-as-video-game concept that NASA has been flogging for the past decade seems about to come true.

At this year’s EAA AirVenture bash in Oshkosh, we saw the first workable version of a highway-in-the-sky virtual reality 3D display. Never mind that some ankle biter broke the thing with a series of impromptu aileron rolls and a software glitch or two hobbled the system’s higher features, we were impressed.

Lots of Color
This system—called SmartDeck—is no breadboard college engineering project. No lesser than BFGoodric...

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