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Scope for cockpit upgrades in the A320

Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:00 pm

Airbus has talked in the past about the cockpit up-gradation of the A320's cockpit in the future. An Aviation Week's post had written in a post a few years ago that Airbus was evaluating advanced system designs for its most popular jetliner and quoted COO Tom Williams saying that the changes will not be massive, and that a strong focus area would be the replacement of the avionics and the flight deck in general. What changes can we be possibly looking at?

"Williams also hints that Airbus is taking a look at whether some of the upgraded systems that may be introduced for newly built aircraft could actually be retrofitted to the in-service fleet." read the report. Considering that the A320neo brought absolutely no changes to the flight deck; can we actually expect Airbus to carry out upgrades? If they do, what can we expect? New displays? RMP/ACP panels?

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Re: Scope for cockpit upgrades in the A320

Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:15 pm

They are looking at introducing synthetic vision on the a350 in few years. It may need new displays on the a320 but perhaps this is a direction they will go.
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Re: Scope for cockpit upgrades in the A320

Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:01 am

I felt NEO should gave came with some sort cockpit upgrade even if was just the displays
 
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Re: Scope for cockpit upgrades in the A320

Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:42 pm

Brake to Vacate installed on the A380 would be a good feature on the A320, as it can help crews control their braking and reduce runway occupancy time.
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Re: Scope for cockpit upgrades in the A320

Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:07 am

Philippine747 wrote:
Brake to Vacate installed on the A380 would be a good feature on the A320, as it can help crews control their braking and reduce runway occupancy time.


Other later-model Airbus that could be introduced without drastic system or panel redesign are auto TCAS and auto Emergency Descent, as well as more subtle things like automatic speed setting to green dot with an engine failure in cruise.
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