Control Display Unit
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:
- Airbus A380 (has a MFD, being used as a CDU)
- Boeing 747-400 (only in the development version; this link)
- Boeing 757-200
- Boeing 777-200ER
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.
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.
|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.