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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Thales, a leading French multinational electronics company, has introduced its FlytX avionics suite to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for integration into HAL’s Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) and future helicopters like the Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH). This cutting-edge avionics system promises to enhance cockpit operations, reduce pilot workload, and improve safety for HAL’s helicopters.

At the heart of Thales FlytX lies a human-centric design philosophy that prioritizes intuitive interactions and task-oriented interfaces. The system meticulously presents only relevant and necessary information when needed, minimizing distractions and cognitive overload for pilots.

FlytX introduces touchscreen capabilities to the cockpit, enabling pilots to interact with avionics in a more natural and intuitive manner. Additionally, a Control Cursor Device and a keyboard remain available for pilots who prefer traditional input methods.

A new timeline concept has been introduced in FlytX to provide a clear overview of flight phases and associated tasks. This visual representation helps pilots maintain situational awareness and optimize their workload throughout the mission.

Color palettes and contrast levels have been carefully chosen in FlytX to minimize visual fatigue during long flight operations. Moreover, clear and concise alerts ensure that pilots are promptly notified of potential hazards or system warnings.

FlytX introduces pie charts as a novel way to display and select menus, providing a more intuitive and user-friendly interface for pilots. This design innovation enhances the overall usability of the avionics suite.

FlytX provides valuable decision-making support to pilots, particularly in emergency situations. The system can assist in restoring time margins and reducing workload complexity, allowing pilots to focus on critical tasks.

The use of the Flight Management System (FMS) has been significantly simplified in FlytX. Pilots can now interact directly with the flight plan on the digital map or points of interest, streamlining the process of flight planning and management.

Thales FlytX achieves a remarkable 30 to 40% reduction in size, weight, and power consumption compared to legacy avionics systems. This reduction is attributed to the strong integration of avionics applications within the display unit, eliminating the need for separate hardware and reducing the number of Line Replaceable Units (LRUs).

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