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The Infinitely Variable ‛Digital’ Interface
f you lived between 1979 and 1983, you may remember the old commercials for AT&T: “Reach out. Reach out and touch someone.” The line became a tag line for Ma Bell, the only nationwide phone company at the time. Somewhere, someone involved in marketing modern avionics wishes they could use this tag line for their latest panel product – one controlled and operated largely through a finger-touch on a color display. The connection? Recently, avionics companies unleashed a flurry of new products tied more by their embrace of this widely popular user interface than merely their common main functions. The products and systems addressed here operate, or can operate, via a screen interface reactive to the human touch. The increasingly ubiquitous touchscreen – they’ve morphed from monochromatic business tools, such as ATMs and point-of-purchase systems, to full-color interfaces on everything from smartphone and tablet-computers to portable GPS navigators and electronic flight bags.

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Touchscreen
Now, the touchscreen interface is making big inroads into small plane cockpits and large planes as well. The reasons are multiple, and often this is the case with technological leaps. All in all, avionics makers attribute the embrace of touch-sensitive computer displays to a range of factors as varied as the list of devices offering them. And, it’s quite a list. Details, Details: Not All of These Take the Same Touch Touchscreen technology is versatile enough that it can serve solely as an input device, displaying adaptive graphics to match various functions, or as the main display screen of a device with the touch-control icons working in parallel with the function displayed, such as a primary flight display, multifunction display or dedicated hazard display. It all comes down to how the designers want the system to work in the targeted environment. We continue the introduction with a quick catalog of the systems available. Garmin Starts the Switch Look to a company barely two decades old for the launch of touchscreen
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avionics – well, touchscreen controllers for avionics. In October 2009, Garmin started the ball rolling at the National Business Aviation Association meeting in Orlando, unveiling the G3000 package. A significant advance in integrated panel systems, the G3000 Garmin features 16:9-ratio displays – diagonally 14.1 inches – and employs centrally mounted control heads based on graphical touchscreen interface panels, the GTC 570. According to Garmin, the glass touchscreen controller serves as the primary point of entry for the G3000 system. The GTC 570 serves as a desktopstyle, icon-driven user interface built on a new “shallow” menu structure, enabling the user to access more systems and sensors with fewer keystrokes or page sequences. This user interface is totally softwarebased, making it easily configurable for specific airframes and avionics configurations, as well as future enhancements, applications and system expansion. All can be accommodated without physically altering the mechanical controls. The display screens themselves, regardless of the number employed, have



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2012-2013

From the Publisher
Interested in AEA Membership?
AEA Staff/Board of Directors
New Avionics Products for 2012
Training Time
Combined Vision 2012
Before & After
Electronic Engine Instruments
Touchscreen Mania
In Through the Out Door
EFB Solutions
ADS-B
Flight Deck iPads & Tablets
WAAS GPS
Sounding Off On Audio Panels
Repair Stations
Manufacturers/Distributors
Affiliates/Index
AEA Member Company Index
Advertisers Index
Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2012-2013 - Intro
Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2012-2013 - Cover1
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2012-2013 - Interested in AEA Membership?
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2012-2013 - AEA Staff/Board of Directors
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2012-2013 - New Avionics Products for 2012
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2012-2013 - Training Time
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2012-2013 - Combined Vision 2012
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2012-2013 - Before & After
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2012-2013 - Electronic Engine Instruments
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2012-2013 - In Through the Out Door
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2012-2013 - EFB Solutions
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2012-2013 - ADS-B
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2012-2013 - Flight Deck iPads & Tablets
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2012-2013 - WAAS GPS
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2012-2013 - Sounding Off On Audio Panels
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2012-2013 - Repair Stations
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2012-2013 - Manufacturers/Distributors
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2012-2013 - Affiliates/Index
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2012-2013 - AEA Member Company Index
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2012-2013 - Advertisers Index
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