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All Condition Operations and Innovative Cockpit Infrastructure. Project Presentation, HMI workshop Forlì 19 th September 2012 Francesca De Crescenzio University of Bologna. A European Commission Seventh Framework Programme. Overview of the project.

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All Condition Operations and Innovative Cockpit Infrastructure

Project Presentation, HMI workshop

Forlì 19th September 2012

Francesca De Crescenzio

University of Bologna

A European Commission Seventh Framework Programme


To develop and All Conditions Operations Capability to reduce weather related delays by 20%

2. To develop a new flight deck architecture facilitating the introduction of new technologies and applications, applicable to a broad range of aircraft types

ALICIA – Key Objectives


To enhance safety within the air transport system

To reduce the time-to-market of complex, integrated avionics systems

To reduce through-life costs

  • Crew training and type approval; common HMI philosophy
  • Obsolescence; equipment interoperability
  • Re-design & certification; cross platform standards

ALICIA - Supplementary Objectives


Decision height below 200 feet for all equipped aircraft on almost all runways/landing sites in low visibility/bad weather conditions

  • More autonomous taxiing capability in low visibility/bad weather conditions
  • Optimized flight efficiency and safety by providing an accurate picture of the weather situation around the aircraft and along its intended trajectory

All Condition Operations - operational gains

New Cockpit Concept – ALICIA improvements
  • Key drivers:
      • SESAR functionality
      • ACO functionality
      • Avionic equipment cost
  • Optimising crew workload
  • Increased standardisation across a broad range of aircraft platform types; architecture & HMI
  • Significant reduction in cost and time to market for new cockpit systems
New Cockpit Concept – domain focus
  • Cockpit Audio Environment
  • Display Technologies
  • System Management/Control Functions
  • Human Machine Interface (HMI)
  • Crew Station Layout
  • Automation
  • Holistic Integration

All Condition Operations is just one axis of a technology frontier that will arrive in the next generation cockpit

Cockpit Technologies – Innovation Potential

Display Technologies

Head Mounted Displays

Large Area Displays

Head Up Displays

3D Displays

Audio Technologies

Holistic Integration/Optimization

Task Automation



Auditory Displays/3D

State-of-the-Art HFI Tools/Processes

Multimodal Interface Technologies



Haptic Devices

Cursor Control Devices

New cockpit architecture supporting the integration of new technology

ALICIA – work structure

Capturing of the operational requirements


Operational Requirements




( Development after ALICIA )


New Architecture Concept


Technology Selection & Integration


Simulation, Evaluation & Assessment

Concept validation through simulations


Application Design & Implementation

Sept. 2009

Aug. 2013

UNIBO ConceptObjectives

Enhance Situation Awareness through:

  • Use of conformal symbology
  • Representation of data not usually represented/ not representable on HUD
  • Representation of intuitive data superimposed on the external view in an augmented reality approach
UNIBO Prototype

Virtual Reality HUD Simulator



3D Simbology Generator
  • To supplement the conventional head down representation of weather with complementary head up data
  • To enhance flight safety with regards to airborne obstacle proximity and navigation hazards
  • To provide 3D support for the “detect and avoid” concept
  • External Experts Advisory Group (EEAG) group (user representatives from the early stages and during the life of the project to deliver operational and practical feedback to ALICIA’s Work Packages.
  • This aims at ensuring that the developed systems will meet the stakeholders' expectations and constraints.
  • Experts coming from Airlines, Helicopter & Aircraft operators, Crewmembers, Airworthiness & Operational authorities, Representatives of Air Navigation Service Providers.



This publication only reflects the view of the ALICIA Consortium or selected participants thereof. Whilst the ALICIA Consortium has taken steps to ensure that this information is accurate, it may be out of date or incomplete, therefore, neither the ALICIA Consortium participants nor the European Community are liable for any use that may be made of the information contained herein.

This document is published in the interest of the exchange of information and it may be copied in whole or in part providing that this disclaimer is included in every reproduction or part thereof as some of the technologies and concepts predicted in this document may be subject to protection by patent, design right or other application for protection, and all the rights of the owners are reserved.

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