The Navigation Display (ND) as essential display of today’s cockpits is extended to an “Interactive ND”, which now allows the interaction with the AFMS through the introduction of a pointing device like a touch pad or a track ball for example. Furthermore the tactical planning is being transferred to this “Interactive ND”.
The Interactive ND can be operated through two separate display modes:
In planning mode the interactive ND incorporates four different function sets:
Each function set is placed on one border of the display. Buttons for ‚undo‘ and ‚acknowledge‘ are placed in the left and right lower corners of the screen. The pointing device characteristics correspond to those of a conventional computer mouse. In case the cursor hits a button or is located in a specified area around a display object, this will be highlighted.
The AHMI already was validated within various simulations and flight tests and was highly appreciated by the majority of the evaluation pilots.