Open Flight Deck

Unlocking innovation and future-proofing the flight deck

GE Aviation has a rich heritage in technology development on high profile UK and European R&D projects.

Most recently, we’ve taken years of learning about touchscreen technology and human factors to help shape aerospace standards, with the introduction of the ARP60494: Touch Interactive Display Systems: Human Factors Considerations, System Design and Performance Guidelines.

Controls and Interface

GE Aviation’s contribution to the Open Flight Deck project, which is looking at next generation flight deck technologies, has been informed by its leadership in open avionics systems on Boeing 787 and Gulfstream G500/G600.

GE’s open avionics vision - looking at how to embody these open approaches in other areas of avionics - has led to an open-architecture platform that incorporates the hardware, software development tools and infrastructure needed to support a range of applications.

Through ‘Open Flight Deck’ the manufacturer can partner with a range of suppliers to develop applications. This will allow a pilot to navigate and communicate in a range of future scenarios, with the potential to upgrade as new mission systems or capabilities become possible. Open avionics also offers more generic building blocks that you can plug and play, which can significantly reduce development costs and accelerate time to market.

Customer benefits

  • Gives customers the tools to configure their own system
  • Allows operator and mission-specific tailoring
  • Enables affordable and quicker upgrades throughout the lifetime of an aircraft, thus future-proofing the flight deck
  • Unlocks a lower cost route to innovation
  • Reduces cost of change for the aviation industry
  • Avoids vendor lock