CSE498, Collaborative Design, Spring 2011
Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

You are flying a Boeing 747 headed from Paris to L.A. with 400 exhausted passengers on board. Air Traffic Control has just alerted you to a massive storm system dead ahead. Neither your customers nor your boss want to hear that you needed to divert to Nebraska. This has been a long and exhausting flight, and weaving through a storm will not be a simple task. Now what do you do?

With the GE MSU Next Generation Flight Deck, the answer is simple: ask the Lateral Map for a new course, accept the new plan, and follow the intuitive guidance cues provided on the Primary Flight Display. Thanks to the Next Generation Flight Deck’s revolution in flight deck design, flight crews are now better equipped than ever to fly aircraft safely and reliably, even in the direst of situations.

The culmination of two years’ work by four MSU-borne teams, the Next Generation Flight Deck is more than the sum of its parts. At first glance, the flight crew notices the sleek modern graphics and intuitive design of each individual display. But the real revolution is acting out behind the scenes, where each system is working in harmony with the others to provide the flight crew with the right information in the right format at the right time. This cross-functional integration, inclement weather avoidance being just one example, represents a major departure from the federated days of yore.

Nothing can replace the skills and ingenuity of an experienced flight crew. But with the Next Generation Flight Deck by GE and MSU, we can harness these resources to their fullest, guaranteeing everyone a safe and enjoyable journey.