GE unveils Open Avionics demonstrator to unlock innovation and reduce costs

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed July 16, 2018 16:43

GE unveils Open Avionics demonstrator to unlock innovation and reduce costs

GE Aviation is highlighting new approaches to Avionics, and its commitment to innovation, with the showcasing of an integrated open avionics demonstrator in its pavilion at the Farnborough International Air Show. In the form of a fully functional open systems flight deck, the demonstrator incorporates the hardware, tools and infrastructure to support a range of connected software applications.

“With our domain experience in existing open systems on the Boeing 787 and the Gulfstream G500/G600, we’re seeing how significant improvements can be made for the wider aviation industry,” said Alan Caslavka, president of Avionics for GE Aviation. “Open systems are unlocking innovation and reducing costs for the aviation industry as we move into the next generation of connected, autonomous and optimized aircraft,” continued Caslavka. “Its pedigree built from core computing, IO and networking solutions, GE Aviation is now harnessing open system approaches in its latest flight management and flight deck solutions.”

“Our customers tell us that they have major frustrations with the inflexibility and high cost of change in some avionics systems,” said Caslavka. “We aim to give our customers the tools to control the configuration of their own systems, avoiding vendor lock and creating a lower-cost route to innovation.”

Flight deck solutions synthesise aircraft data, convert it into useful information for the crew, and display the results. There is significant opportunity, through the ongoing customization and introduction of new display applications, to unlock operational improvements. GE Aviation continues to develop the underlying software and hardware platform, and the enabling toolchain that provide customers with the ability to customise the look and feel of the flight deck.

“Customers have highlighted cautions and warnings, system synoptics, checklists and military mission applications as those in need of frequent customisation,” said Caslavka “and we have OEMs today using our beta tools to validate their effectiveness and the value they can unlock.”

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed July 16, 2018 16:43