Photo: Tim Robinson Airbus is testing the touch screen technology on its A350-1000 cockpit, with the aim of being ahead of Boeing to debut cockpit touchscreen technology.
According to Airbus marketing director François Obé, the Airbus will soon deliver the technology but didn’t promise any time line.
The pilots will be able to navigate two onboard information system (OIS) displays and the central multi-function display (MFD) by touch similar to tablets.
Though it will be the first in airliner cockpits, the technology was introduced on Gulfstream G500/600 cockpits.
The touch screen functionality, is a simpler system that reduces buttons, controls and reduces part numbers. The system use reversionary modes to bring up its contents on other displays if one screen fails.
Boeing also plans to debut touch screen technology on its new 777X aircraft, which is expected to enter service in 2020.
To note, Airbus launched the first commercially viable digital fly-by-wire airliner, A320 in 1984. The A320 family pioneered the use of digital fly-by-wire flight control systems, as well as side-stick controls, in commercial aircraft.