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Vital info for pilots at touch of a screen
2:25pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
TABLET computers loaded with technical publications, landing trajectories, conversion apps and weather forecasts have been fitting to a fighter jets at BAE Systems.
The tablets have been made available inside the cockpits of the training aircraft Hawk which is built at the company’s sites in Samlesbury and Warton.
Previously the pilots would have information on reference cards and maps in their flight suit pockets.
Having tested the tablets were safe to take to the skies, the team were left with the challenge of traditional flying gloves not working on the touch screens so they created ones with special gripping tips to get around the problem.
Lee Franks, head of engineering with Hawk product development at BAE Systems, said: “These are an additional resource available to the pilot. It was a case of looking at the tablet as being no different to taking a book into the cockpit, it is not a new display and it is independent of the display software in there.”
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