Re: B-777 cockpit

From:         dtmedin@cca.rockwell.com (David T. Medin)
Organization: Rockwell Avionics - Collins, Cedar Rapids, IA
Date:         24 Jun 96 12:24:50 
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In article <airliners.1996.934@ohare.Chicago.COM>, faurecm@halcyon.com (C. Marin Faure) writes:
|> In article <airliners.1996.843@ohare.Chicago.COM>, ABrowne@mtl.marconi.ca
|> (Alan Browne) wrote:
|>
|> > 2- There was a flight engineer station, immediately behind the co-pilot's
|> > seat.  The station consisted of a large flat panel display and a trackball.
|> >  The flight engineer, monitored systems and called up maintenance logs, and
|> > maintenance bulletins on this display.
|>
|> The 777 does not have a flight engineer.  It has a two-crew cockpit.  The
|> display you're referring to is called a "MAT" (Maintenance Access
|> Terminal) and is used by ground technicians to access the 777's on-board
|> fault reporting and diagnosis system called BITE, which stands for
|> Built-In-Test-Equipment.  There is a similar display in the E-bay under
|> the forward cabin, and portable units (PMATs) can be plugged in at various
|> points around the plane.  The screen forward of the ppower levers in the
|> center consol also can be used as a MAT.

There is no MAT display in the EE bay--only a port for the PMAT. And,
the screen forward of the power levers is not a MAT and is not running
the same applications, but can be used to access limited BITE
information, configuration data, etc.

Some airlines have ordered, as an option, forward displays on either
side of the cockpit near the tillers, which are actually MAT variants
called Side Displays (SDs).  They can use the AIMS cursor control as
they don't have their own trackballs.

|> Unless the airline you were on ordered something different from the 777s
|> I've been on here at Boeing, the pull-down menus on the MAT and on the
|> flight crew's center display are activated by touch pads, not trackballs.
|> All you do is move your finger around on the pad and the cursor on the
|> screen follows.  The flight crew's touch pads are beside them just forward
|> of the power lever quadrant, and incorporate palm rests to make it easier
|> to use the pad in turbulence.

The production MAT actually uses a trackball, not a touchpad. I
believe, but am not sure, that the AIMS cursor control is a touchpad.

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