The AS-DISCO project automates operations so far carried out manually by the pilots

The technology company Aertec is leading an aeronautical research framed within the disruptive cockpit concept, which is redefining the current design of aircraft by integrating a greater use of technology in the cockpits.

The idea of ​​the project revolves around the use of digitization as a means to facilitate and make the tasks of all professionals involved in the flight of an aircraft safer. This project, called AS-DISCO (Audio Suite for Disruptive COckpit Demonstrator), has funds from the Clean Sky 2 European aeronautical program, the most ambitious in the European Union.

Its main objective is to digitize the management of audio communications between flight crew and ground personnel, until now carried out manually by pilots. Aertec has responded to this technological challenge by designing integrated modular avionics (IMA) software following the ARINC653 standard, which includes all the necessary functionalities for the automation of cockpit procedures by integrating them into innovative man-machine interfaces (HMI) and a novel Software Defined Radio (SDR).

This technological solution will reduce the high density and overlap of flight crew tasks and allow pilots to concentrate on those tasks where their judgment, experience and skill are required, by being able to automate voice and data communications, for example, between cabin crew and control towers at airports.

According to Benjamín Colomer, head of this project, “AS-DISCO seeks, through innovation and digitalization of processes, to reduce the workload of the crew, improve the knowledge of the pilots’ situation and help them in their operations in the cabin of the future ”.

Aertec is developing a series of models to verify the correct behavior and response of the software in different scenarios using the methodology “Model-Based Systems Engineering” (MBSE), and applying Test-Based-Model (TBM) and Software-in- the-loop (SIL) to the entire system, allowing engineers to test the application without the need for the live environment and iteratively make appropriate modifications.

The company has already delivered a first version of this software with all the functionalities, and at the end of this year it will present a second version to the Topic Manager of the project, the main European aircraft manufacturer. The AS-DISCO project joins a significant number of innovations and developments carried out by Aertec in the avionics sector and the design and manufacture of on-board critical systems for the aerospace industry, where it has extensive experience.