NASA SBIR 00-II Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 04.01-8843 (For NASA Use Only - Chron: 001158 )
PROPOSAL TITLE: Fully Integrated Digital Cockpit for Emerging SATS Aircraft

Mod Works Engineering Inc. proposes to apply AGATE developed technology to create a Fully Integrated small Aircraft Cockpit that will enable retrofitted and newly constructed aircraft to operate within the envisioned Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) environment. Emerging flat plate display Primary Flight Displays (PFD), Multi-function Displays, Graphic Display Unit, Digitally Integrated Stabilization and Control devices, switches, panel hardware and controls will be integrated in an automotive type lean manufacturing design process. The goal is to develop technology to reduce the cost of designing, constructing, integrating, simulator testing, and airborne testing of fully integrated aircraft cockpits.

The technological challenges are to apply virtual reality based development tools to conventional cockpits in a manner that reduces direct costs, development cycles, and the certification process. We must prove the concept of scenario base evaluation to optimize the operational characteristics of aircraft cockpits. Success of this concept expand the opportunity to develop highly functional and effective systems to reduce work load and increase safety of aircraft operation. This technology application supports the mission and goals of the SATS program.

Commercial products are the justification for the technology development. Product goals are VAV, an aircraft stability and control system that provides full time-on pitch and roll stability. GDU, a Graphic operational depicter that provides information to the pilot in a logical sequential manor creating a virtual flight instructor in the cockpit. An Integrated Instrument Panel will be manufactured for new aircraft and retrofit markets. Flight Training Devices are being designed as a spin-off of the technological development. Manufacturing of a low cost FTD level III simulator is a specific goal of this program.

Demand for the products under development has already been established during public displays throughout the phase I effort. Our proven track record of quality high tech products will be continued with the technical success of this project.

NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (Name, Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
Tim Coons
Mod Works Engineering, Inc.
8249 Skylane Way
Punta Gorda , FL   33982 - 2438

NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
Mod Works Engineering, Inc.
8249 Skylane Way
Punta Gorda , FL   33982 - 2438

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