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Computer-Graphics System Useful in Military and Commercial Air Traffic Safety Disclosure Number: IPCOM000064284D
Original Publication Date: 1985-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-18

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The aim of the described computer-graphics system is to overcome a growing problem of fighter aircraft: they are becoming almost too complex to fly. A recent study by the National Academy of Sciences noted that the number of cockpit controls per crew member has risen exponentially since the days of the SPAD biplane. The pilot of an F-15, for example, has to master some 300 switches, dials and knobs. The growing complexity of aircraft controls and readouts is not limited to military craft, and the problem applies to commercial airplanes as well. Computer graphics has become increasingly useful in the representation and interpretation of multi-dimensional data with complex relationships.