Control Display Unit

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The Boeing-style CDU as seen on a Boeing 747-400.

The Control Display Unit (CDU) is the interface device unit used to access the Flight Management Computers (FMC), the main computers and software of larger aircraft. CDUs are mostly seen on airliners, like the Boeing 777.

CDUs in FlightGear

Currently there are several aircraft equipped with (basic) operational CDUs in FlightGear:

Generic Boeing CDU

Gijs is working on a generic Boeing style CDU, as seen on the 747, 777 and lots of other Boeing airliners. The unit is supposed to be shared between multiple aircraft. And will live inside the Aircraft/Instruments-3d/cdu directory.

The latest version can be seen on the Boeing 747-400 in Git. See Howto: Implement a Control Display Unit for a tutorial on how to add this instrument to an aircraft.

As of 01/2013, a new CDU framework is being worked on by James, based on a combination of C++ and Nasal code, for further details please check out FlightGear Newsletter January 2013#Canvas-based CDU development.

Cquote1.png I've teamed up with James in the mean time, resurrecting his CDU ideas and code from last year, and I think it's worth waiting for :-)

Below you can see a teaser of the CDU dialog. I'll open a new topic and wiki article once it's ready for public use.

(see the linked image)

— Gijs (Fri Oct 24). Re: 737-300 Classic - New and Improved.
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