The ARINC avionics display standard has been in existence and evolving for close to a decade – with its most recent iteration published. Find the most up-to-date version of ARINC at Engineering ARINC is a standard for commercial aircraft cockpit displays, and VAPS XT from Presagis allows embedded avionics display designers and developers to.

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This standard has been used in the military realm since its inception, with its most recent iteration published earlier this year. The approach used allows the modeled design to be shared across different teams in order to obtain feedback from all stakeholders and maintain design consistency. Going down a level, the physical display attached to the CDS is divided into one or more subsections, simply called windows, which can each render one or standarx layers.

ARINC 661 Page DF Layer Creation

stancard Exchanging data between commercial tools is also usually difficult, making it a challenge for aircraft manufacturers to think about switching providers for a system during the life cycle of an aircraft — or to reuse display elements between projects that are built using different software architectures. They are natively stored in a binary format that is loaded into the CDS application at runtime.

This technology and related products airnc since been acquired by Presagis [18]. The second supplement was adopted in Juneand added supplementary widgets. There is also a provision in the standard to allow developers to create custom widgets with tailored functionality and parameters that still follow general widget creation patterns.

He can be reached at yannick. Third supplement has been adopted in Cockpit Display System CDS and User Application UA A direct benefit of this architecture is that updates to the display composition are done by creating new layout files instead of modifying standzrd within a unified application.

In addition, any Presagis software application can leverage user plugins and can integrate with other third party products.

Recent major commercial programs have adopted the standard, including Airbus on the A and AM and Boeing on the Presagis technical services can help you accomplish the following tasks: Graphical User Interface Development.

Finally, the contents of the displays, from graphical elements to possible groupings of these components, are defined by using a finite set of components called the widget library.


In order to standagd compliant with the standard, a CDS must have a kernel that can create the widgets tree during CDS initialization, using the Definition File, and communicate with UA in both ways using the runtime protocol.

Standards Standards are at the core of interoperability and reusability. Each DF contains one or more layers, which are hierarchical listings of all widgets that need to be loaded along with their initial parameters such as position, size, and visibility. Automatic Code Generation ensures that any changes needed can be stnadard and re-tested in the shortest amount of time possible, without having to hand-code every time. Topics covered in this article arinc cockpit dob cds.

While ARINC describes how widgets should function and what their parameters are, it does not define their visual appearance. Also, similar to the overall ARINC architecture tying directly into high-level requirements, having a standard set of widgets with well-documented functionality helps accelerate the documentation of low-level detailed functional requirements for a certified project.

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Arimc Lefebvre is a senior application developer at Presagis. In some cases, these tools standarrd even qualified development tools that can generate qualifiable code under DOB. 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.

Naturally, a display system would not be much without its associated logic which is handled by a separate element called the User Application UA.

Views Read Edit View history. Widgets vary in complexity from basic graphical elements such as the GpLine and GpRectangle widgets to complex objects such as the MapHorz widget, which displays maps from various data sources.

Retrieved from ” https: For developing cockpit display systems, Presagis offers VAPS XTa model-based development tool that includes automatic code generation functionality. Offers HMI designers, systems engineers, and embedded engineers maximum control and flexibility for creating interactive real-time graphical displays.

Having a standard set of widgets to develop a display makes it easy for a developer to become familiar with the ARINC standard and to understand quickly how to develop new displays. After seeing a few large commercial aircrafts lead the way, many programs, both commercial and military, are considering or have already adopted ARINC for their upcoming projects, ensuring the success of this standard.

Understanding ARINC and its benefits in a certified environment – Military Embedded Systems

Additionally, the software architecture on the system features ARINC part 2, which allows customization of cockpit display widgets. New widgets, widgets extensions, Look specification, 6611 Application to Cockpit Display Xtandard interface specification. These applications always need to be recertified as a whole, no matter which type of change is made.


This number went up to 50 with the first update to the standard, to 57 with supplement 2, to 65 in revision 3 and to 68 with its most recent incarnation published earlier this year. Figure 1 shows the relation between the CDS and UA, along with their typical execution environments and the communications between these standarx applications.

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. Beyond isolation benefits, this approach also simplifies the distribution of application development between different teams within an organization or across subcontractors.

Understanding ARINC 661 and its benefits in a certified environment

ARINC architecture overview While cockpit display software has traditionally been written as self-contained executables that present information and render graphics based on internal data, rules, and logic, ARINC introduces a clear separation between the code drawing the graphics and standatd code managing the logic and the position and state of all visual elements.

With VAPS XT Module, you can define the graphical representation and behavior of widgets according to the look and feel specified by the Style Guide of any given aircraft manufacturer.

The objective of the standard is to minimize both direct and indirect costs to the airlines by minimizing the cost of acquiring new avionic systems by controlling the cost of CDS development, minimizing the cost of adding new display functions to the cockpit during the life of an aircraft, minimizing the cost of managing hardware obsolescence in an area of rapidly evolving technology, introducing interactivity into the cockpit, thus providing a basis for airframe manufacturers aricn standardize the HMI in the cockpit.

Main similarities from other User interface markup languages:. Aviation standards Standards Graphical user interfaces.