Networked Avionics Part Task Trainer
Award last edited on: 9/21/2006

Sponsored Program
Awarding Agency
DOD : Navy
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Principal Investigator
Robert B Andrews

Company Information


12140 Double Tree Lane
Lusby, MD 20657
   (410) 326-5061
Location: Single
Congr. District: 05
County: Calvert

Phase I

Contract Number: N68335-00-C-0143
Start Date: 12/10/1999    Completed: 6/10/2000
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Cost effectiveness, and training capability, associated with avionics Part Task Trainers (PTTs) can be significantly improved by incorporating Internet based technologies. The resulting increased PTT functionality enables collaborative aircrew-to-aircrew and aircrew-to-instructor training. AAC proposes to develop a client/server interface with supporting software applications to perform networked data messaging over the Internet enabling multi-user state data sharing between User "Client" Applications and a server. The Phase I conceptual design defines the Networked Avionics PTT comprising a mixture of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) C/C++ software, and innovative custom software applications to create a system of networked PTT client applications, an instructor application, and a server application over the Internet. The applications utilize Dynamic Linked Libraries (DLLs) insuring flexibility, adaptability, and product reuse with multiple avionics emulations (e.g., Multi-Function Displays, Heads Up Displays, and Control Panels) resident in multiple aircraft platforms (e.g., F-16, F-18, V-22, ATF, and Commercial Aircraft). The instructor application supports controlled asynchronous fault insertion into targeted PTT user systems for degraded avionics training. A full analysis, design, proof of concept demonstrator, and final report will be provided under Phase I. A validation demonstrator using the AH-1W Control Display Navigation Unit Emulation (CDNUE) will be provided as a Phase I option.

Expanding PTT functionality to increase training for advanced communications and navigation avionics functionality will reduce aircraft flight hours expended to achieve comparable aircrew readiness levels. Enabling a server to initiate CDNU faults by way of an instructor to server interface adds beneficial training capability to the PTT mission. Commercialization of the Network Avionics PTT is anticipated as the FAA launches "Free Flight".

Network Client/Server CDNU Internet Emulation

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Start Date: 00/00/00    Completed: 00/00/00
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