Yannick Lefebvre Presagis - Leave a Comment The ARINC avionics display standard has been in existence and evolving for close to a decade — with its most recent iteration published earlier this year. The task of creating aircraft cockpit displays has grown increasingly difficult over the past decade due to certifications rules DOB being applied more widely on military programs — along with the constant drive to deliver on shorter deadlines. To make things even more complicated, many players in the industry use their own development methodologies with little to no guidelines on content other than the instructions of their developers and human factors engineers. This lack of a standards-based approach led to the proliferation of monolithic applications, either developed internally or through the use of commercial tools.
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No Third Party Software Needed Besides using definition files, you can also directly script the screens right from inside Sol. Adding a widget takes just a single line in a script. Designer Sol also comes with its own screen drawing tool that allows you to quickly and efficiently prototype screens with no need for expensive third party software.
Define Your Own Widgets Finally, you can even define new widgets in Sol, which you can then use from your definition file or from Sol itself. So you can script new widgets, and use them just as easily as the predefined built-in widgets. Building avionics screens has never ben easier. Certifiable To Level A As always, the generation of the screens is certified, such that you never have to do any review activities on the generated code.
If you specify a taped bar or a angular gauge or a text box, you know we have already proven it will either be there, or the compiler will warn you of detected problems. No need to worry about how to prove the widget is on the screen. Built-In Test Capabilities Even better, the Sol platform includes certified real-time screen grabbing, which allows you to save any screen to disk without disrupting the normal activity of application. This is really useful for system testing.
For instance, in your Sol script, if you use a discrete input as the trigger to take a screenshot which takes just a couple of lines , then you can do system testing as follows: set the inputs to a particular value, and an trigger the discrete to take a picture. No third party items are needed to obtain you compliance proof, as our screen grabbing is certified to be accurate.
With just a couple of script, you can also specify the file name, or even take a sequence of screenshots to prove transitions.
Understanding ARINC 661 and its benefits in a certified environment
Cockpit Display Systems (ARINC 661)