Il cockpit del V-280
E’ da qualche tempo che si fa un gran parlare del cockpit del tiltrotor Bell V-280 Valor. Fra stupore e perplessita’, come capita spesso in questi casi. Il nuovo cockpit (ancora allo stadio di concept) nasce da una collaborazione fra la Bell Helicopter, la Lockheed Martin e la Inhance Digital. Come potete vedere, si tratta di un immenso ultra-widescreen multifunzione e touchscreen.
Ecco alcuni commenti di Jeremy Chavez, project engineer del programma V-280:
“It is a massive display and it is very eye-catching, but the last thing we want is for pilots to be mesmerized by it. They need to be eyes out as well. That will be a balancing act that we develop over time,”
“If you are entering a brownout at 100 feet agl, all displays go to a primary flight display; if your radar altimeter goes to 50 agl, certain information would vanish and the display would give you just the most critical information, such as an attitude indicator. There will be a predetermined logic to the system.
If a round pierced the screen it might take out one or two tiles, but the rest of the screen would function around it, sort of like poking your finger through a screen door. The screen is still intact; you just have a localized area where the screen is not functioning”. You won’t have all the toggle switches you have in today’s cockpit, but there will be back-ups that we will develop with the survivability group
A ballistic-tolerant screen is something we are looking at. Like bulletproof glass on an armored car. But we don’t want to put something out there that is ballistically tolerant but constantly fails.
With the mosaic design, you don’t lose the entire screen. You can move information off the damaged area or the display control system would be smart enough to know not to display critical information in the damaged area and would automatically move it off to the side… Beyond that we are still developing failure modes and how we want to mitigate those risks.”
A lot of the flight-critical information is going to be distributed across the [helmet] visor screen and the windshield. As on the F-35, the visor integrates with PDAS sensors on different parts of the aircraft to provide a 360-degree spherical view of the world around you. That would just be streamed into the helmet and distributed across the visor as the operator wants to customize it