ORLANDO, FLORIDA, March 2, 2015 – Astronautics Corporation of America is developing a new avionics architecture it calls Flexible, Adaptable, Scalable, Cockpit technology, or FAST, for future OEM forward fit and retrofits for fielded helicopters.

The new architecture will feature large format displays in an integrated cockpit building on Astronautics history of supplying integrated cockpits and displays on a wide variety of helicopter platforms. The FAST cockpit will fully interface with a wide variety of existing avionics including radios, cameras, mission systems and sensors.

The new design will include a fully integrated and certified Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS), latest Central Processing Units and Graphics Processing technologies and will be capable of driving high definition displays, and a customizable integrated Special Missions Module.

“Our customers have told us they want and need a cockpit that features equipment and capabilities designed especially for helicopters, not just adapted from fixed wing applications,” said Dan Barks, Astronautics Displays Product Line Manager. “FAST will include a next generation helicopter focused synthetic vision with technology that will give flight crew a clear view of obstacles that may be behind their aircraft, cockpit audio warnings and special cues to prevent pilots from backing into obstacles, and a variable field-of-view to pilots during normal flight operations. The SVS terrain can be displayed in three arc-second resolution, the highest resolution capability in the industry,” Barks said.

“We are also developing an enhanced vision window for low visibility condition, infrared cameras and other onboard sensors,” Barks said. “For special mission operations like law enforcement, search and rescue, emergency medical flights as well as military operations we will offer a fully customizable integrated module that will include high definition video, data recording and MIL-STD 1553. Our new cockpit technologies will meet and exceed helicopter temperature and vibration requirements,” he added.

FAST is being designed to meet assurance levels DO-178C Level A and DO-254 Level A requirements.


About Astronautics Corporation of America
Astronautics Corporation of America, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of avionics equipment and systems for the commercial and military aerospace industry. Key product areas include electronic primary flight displays, engine displays, mission computers, electronic flight bags and certified servers for airborne applications. Services include system integration and custom software for critical applications. Since its founding in 1959, Astronautics has been providing tailored engineering solutions to help clients achieve mission success. For more: www.astronautics.com.

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