Aviation technology took another leap forward with the apperance of Glass Cockpits. Training in a glass cockpit is not
only beneficial to those students wishing to pursue a career in aviation, but to everyone as this technology will eventually
be encountered during your flying.
A glass cockpit is
an aircraft cockpit that features electronic (digital) flight instrument displays, typically large LCD screens,
rather than the traditional style of analog dials and
gauges. While a traditional cockpit (nicknamed as a "steam cockpit" within aviation circles) relies on numerous
mechanical gauges to display information, a glass cockpit uses several displays driven by flight management systems, that can be adjusted
display) to display flight information as needed. This
simplifies aircraft operation and navigation and allows pilots to focus
only on the most pertinent information. They are also popular with airline companies as they usually eliminate the need for
a flight engineer, saving costs. In recent years the technology has become widely available in small aircraft.
As aircraft displays
have modernized, the sensors that feed them have modernized as well. Traditional gyroscopic flight instruments have been
replaced by electronic Attitude and Heading Reference Systems (AHRS)
and Air Data Computers (ADCs), improving
reliability and reducing cost and maintenance. GPS receivers
are usually integrated into glass cockpits.