Since 1951, Howell Instruments Inc is an engine¬†design company who pioneered the development¬†of accurate cockpit digital instruments. Howell has¬†been the industry leader for improving the safety¬†and performance of military and commercial aircraft¬†cockpit engine instrumentation. With a diverse¬†product line ranging from airborne engine monitoring¬†systems to portable test sets and engine trimmers,¬†Howell is a company striving for quality, innovative¬†equipment in domestic and international markets.
The U.S. Army selected Howell to create the¬†H5900H-60 Advanced Engine Instrumentation (AEI)¬†for the Black Hawk Helicopter, providing an advanced,¬†intuitive and unique instrument upgrade. Howell then¬†requested DiSTI, creator and developer of GL Studio,¬†to implement the precise software and display visuals¬†necessary for this complex system.
GL Studio is DiSTI‚Äôs key software product for developing¬†real-time 3D human to machine interfaces for use in¬†computer based training, maintenance, and cockpit¬†displays, among others. By combining the expertise of¬†Howell Instruments and DiSTI‚Äôs GL Studio, the future of¬†flight crew safety with smart engine instrumentation¬†systems will provide pilots with critical situational¬†awareness and immediate flight performance data.
Empowered with GL Studio Safety Critical Embedded¬†Code (SCEC++) to create the upgraded visual display¬†systems of the cockpit, Howell was able to engineer¬†the AEI patented system for the UH-60 Black Hawk.¬†GL Studio‚Äôs high fidelity output, aesthetically pleasing¬†graphics, and real-time playback performance guided¬†Howell to employ a system for military personnel¬†with the best resources and best possible outcomes.¬†GL Studio was the main component to seamlessly¬†combine the aircraft’s indispensable piloting features.¬†The Enhanced Digital Source Collector (EDSC),¬†Multi-Function Central Display Unit (MFCDU), and¬†Multi-Function Pilot Display Unit (MFPDU) work¬†exceptionally together as one cohesive unit. Because¬†of the GL Studio SCEC++ code generation application,¬†the AEI boasts a compact memory footprint for¬†ultimate portability, increased pilot efficiency and¬†unbeatable reaction performance.
DiSTI‚Äôs GL Studio is a suite of powerful, intuitive¬†object-oriented interface design tools that enable¬†programmers in any industry to create state-of-the-art,¬†reusable 2D or 3D graphical user interfaces for¬†simulation and safety critical applications.
With the installment of the AEI, the Black Hawk is¬†the latest helicopter vehicle of the military industry,¬†enabling immediate access to crucial flight mission¬†parameters and calculations for flight crews. Including¬†the overall enhancement of each display unit, the¬†AEI provides real-time performance and mission¬†management, dynamic hover and cruise torque¬†targets, and critical in and out-of-ground power¬†setting.
Through the GL Studio tool, the pilot and central display¬†units gained real-time performance data and one¬†engine inoperative data, digital map view capability,¬†FLIR or TVS capability, maintenance and mission¬†planning data, and several other enhancements.
With the assistance of Howell Instruments‚Äô AEI and¬†DiSTI‚Äôs GL Studio, the U.S. Army will continue to utilize¬†the UH-60 Black Hawk to accomplish a variety of¬†missions, save lives, and advance forward into modern¬†warfare.