Farnborough Air Show

Garmin Demos New Fighter Cockpit 'Experience'

 - July 17, 2018, 3:26 AM
Garmin International’s fighter cockpit simulator features dual Garmin touchscreen controllers, as well as a seamless interface between the integrated flight deck and L3’s ForceX Widow mission computer.

Garmin International is debuting at Farnborough International Airshow 2018 a fighter jet cockpit experience that showcases the U.S. company’s integrated flight deck technology. The cockpit simulator includes a large high-definition smart display, dual Garmin touchscreen controllers, and integrated mission controllers that can combine flight and mission data. It also showcases the seamless interface between the integrated flight deck and L3’s ForceX Widow mission computer, which provides the mission data, including weapons and targeting information.

Trevor Pegrum, Garmin’s manager for EMEA sales and marketing, and L3 senior field service engineer Joseph Borrell noted that the system has already been selected for three platforms: Textron's AirLand Scorpion; the Diamond DART 550 turboprop aerobatic trainer, which is making its world debut at FIA; and by U.S. company Tactical Air Support (TacAir) as a retrofit for F-5 fighters used as adversary platforms for military pilots’ combat training.

Garmin (Hall 3, Stand 3400) is also showcasing its new compact head-up display (HUD), introduced at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition in May 2017. Combining the projector and video generation computer into one compact unit, it offers reduced size and weight over traditional HUDs and is available as an option for Cessna’s Citation Longitude super-midsize business jet. 

Additionally, the company is displaying its commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) scalable integrated fight displays, standalone avionics and flight technologies developed for the business aviation, air transport, and defense markets. The integrated flight deck technology can be tailored to accommodate specific operations, modified for a variety of aircraft types, and configured for individual aircraft cockpits. The night vision goggle–compatible solutions display primary flight information in a consolidated, easy-to-read format alongside terrain, ADS-B and TCAS traffic, weather and more on large, high-resolution displays. The company is also demonstrating the optional wireless integration and connectivity between the flight deck and mobile devices.

Additional COTS solutions being shown include Garmin’s range of air data computers and transponders—all capable of seamlessly interfacing with a variety of mission systems, and hardened to meet harsh operational and environmental stresses to meet mission requirements.