The European Union is backing cockpit technology research that will enable safe single-pilot airline operations, according to one of the partner companies in the project, Munich-based TriaGnoSys, a specialist in satellite communications technology.
The project, known as ACROSS (Advanced cockpit for the reduction of stress and workload), is being led by Thales Avionics, but it includes a number of high profile European aerospace and technology companies, plus Boeing and Jeppesen from the USA.
The partner organisations are EADS Innovation Works, Selex ES, Airbus, Boeing, Dassault Aviation, BAE Systems, Continental, Diehl Aerospace, Isdefe, EAB, Jeppesen, Zodiac Aerospace, Turkish Aerospace Industries, software specialist GNV, German and Dutch research agencies DLR and NLR, Trinity College Dublin, Warsaw University of Technology, The University of Malta, Techische Universität Braunschweig, Delft Technology University, Deep Blue Consulting, Certiflyer, TriaGnosys, Stirling Dynamics, Use2Aces, Tony Henly Consulting and GTD.
Funding is coming from a group of EU national agencies. Markus Werner, managing director of TriaGnosys says: "This research will benefit the long-term safety of aviation by reducing the stress faced by pilots during regular operations and in critical exceptional situations, such as the partial or full crew incapacitation.
"We are delighted to be working with such a distinguished group of European partners from universities and national research centres to airframers and international suppliers of all sizes." A spokesman for TriaGnoSys confirms this research is intended to make single-pilot flightdecks possible.