- Chidozie Uzoezie
Boeing 777X Airliner to Become World’s First Flying iPad
Boeing has selected Rockwell Collins to provide its industry-leading touchscreen flight displays for all five flight deck displays on the new Boeing 777X.
The advanced touchscreen capability will make the flight deck more intuitive for pilots and more efficient for flight operations.
This is the first time a commercial air transport aircraft will be equipped with touchscreen forward flight displays. The 777X touchscreen flight displays will be multi-touch, so two pilots can touch the same screen at the same time. In addition, the touchscreens will utilize resistive technology (firm touch versus light) for avoiding unintentional interaction with the displays. The touchscreen bezel will provide bracing features for operation during turbulence. Rockwell Collins is a long-time, leading provider of flight displays for the aerospace and defense industry and was the first to certify touchscreen primary flight displays for commercial aviation, on a business aircraft platform. As Boeing’s display provider on all of its next-generation aircraft, including the 777X, 787 Dreamliner, 737 MAX and the 747-8, Rockwell Collins is delivering a common graphical foundation for pilots across all of these platforms.
Boeing has a total of 300 orders and commitments for the 777X, with first deliveries planned for 2020.