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28 August 2000 Adaption of commercial glass panels to upgrade the cockpit of the P-3 aircraft
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It has been demonstrated that commercial glass panels have an extremely wide range of applications. Previous papers have shown commercial glass panel applications as diverse as a city bus, an army howitzer and a commercial airliner. This paper shows how an aircraft such as the Navy developed P-3, as used by the US Customs Service, will eliminate its traditional electromechanical flight instruments and employ 6 X 8 commercial glass panels to totally modify its cockpit. These displays will perform all flight instrument functions; provide navigation and radar information for both pilot and copilot. This paper discusses the challenges of using commercial glass in such an application. The aircraft environment and the cockpit geometry are discussed as well as the requirements of optical performance that are placed upon the commercial glass. These requirements are then compared to the glass manufacturer's original specifications. Expected results from flight-testing are then provided.
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Robert D. Seinfeld and Robert P. Herman "Adaption of commercial glass panels to upgrade the cockpit of the P-3 aircraft", Proc. SPIE 4022, Cockpit Displays VII: Displays for Defense Applications, (28 August 2000);


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