6 JANUARY 2020
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Deliveries to airlines have begun of the first Airbus A350s equipped with pioneering new touchscreen cockpit displays developed specially for the aircraft by the manufacturer together with aerospace electrical specialist Thales Group.
Airbus says the displays give enhanced operational efficiencies, greater crew interaction, cockpit symmetry and smoother information management. China Eastern has received the first fitted A350, with up to 20 more airlines selecting the option.
Of the A350 cockpit’s six large screens, three are now touch-capable: the two outer displays plus the lower-centre display. These now offer touchscreen capability for the pilots when presenting Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) applications.
Airbus says this new method of input complements the existing physical keyboard integrated into the retractable table in front of each pilot and also the keyboard-and-trackball “keyboard-cursor control unit” (KCCU) located on the centre console.
“The new technology, which was certified for the A350 by EASA in November, facilitates “pinch-zooming” and panning gestures and will facilitate more flexibility and better interaction between both pilots,” the company adds.
A350 XWB programme head Patrick Piedrafita said: “Airbus continues to set the trend in cockpit design with these interactive touchscreen displays. We and Thales are proud to bring this technology to enhance aircrew operations.”
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