Update to the Digital Cockpit Project.

Well, I just posted another picture of my Digital Cockpit Project: http://www.wjsteele.com/images/efis.jpg.  This one shows the new modern looking display.  (This is a first generation of it, the later version isn’t running on my hardware, just in VS.NET, but I’ll soon have it debugged and running as well.)

Anyway, I posted this because a ton of people wanted me too… so here it is.  You can see the rest of it at my website: http://www.wjsteele.com/cockpit.htm.

Next week, I’ll reorganize this website so that it looks good, but for now, I’m coding. 😉

Cheers!  -Bill

Comments (3)

  1. Dylan Greene says:

    Very cool, but since it’s a glass cockpit (computer screen instead of physical controls), why does the design need graphical screws, bezels, and other artifacts of the physical world that, while looking nice, add clutter and visual noise? There’s a lot of visual affordances you can do with a glass cockpit that you can’t with a physical one, such as a histogram view to track progress, overlapping controls to save space, and digital readouts when exact numbers are important.

    I’m not a pilot, so maybe I’m breaking some long-standing traditions for how a cockpit needs to be laid out for you to be able to fly it….

    Best of luck, and keep updating the site, it’s great to see this kind of work being done.

  2. William J. Steele says:

    Well… actually, the 6pack display was just a proof of concept. I’m actually building it with a modern EFIS display using a lot of the concepts that NASA and SATS developed. Reducing the pilot workload is the first order of business.

    The lower images are of the most recient versions. Now… the 6pack display will still be available, but it is for the "traditional" pilot who hasn’t been trained on the new symbology.