ARINC 661 Applicability To Industry Sectors

ARINC 661 – A Story of Growing Sector Appeal

Airbus A380 – First Commercial Application
Fixed Wing Aircraft, Advanced Cockpit Display System

Boeing Selects ARINC 661 to deliver modern cockpit whilst saving CDS costs on 787 programme.

Work starts on Merlin Mk2 Cockpit Display System, using Presagis VAPS-XT661 and tools from Flexible Software Solutions.
-    First Naval Application
-    First Military Rotary Wing Platform

ARINC 661 is selected on major new aircraft programmes around the globe including:
-    New Commercial Aircraft
-    New Military Aircraft
-    Military Land Vehicle

US DoD embraces ARINC 661 as part of its Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) initiative to increase the reusability of technology across military platforms.

Benefits to be realised by new programmes and completely new sectors, where complex systems interact with a real-time certified display system, possibly:
-    UAV control systems
-    Naval Vessel Systems
-    Safety Critical Plant Control
-    Commercial Vehicles

Guiding Principles of ARINC 661

ARINC 661 arose from the aircraft engineering business with these aims:

  • Save costs integrating complex interactive systems which share a display system,

  • Provide a robust technical strategy to minimise the risk and impact of system changes on a display system,

  • Remove the need to recertify a display system, each time a system feeding the display is changed or modified,

  • Provide a means to split the display development by system area across teams or suppliers, with checks and balances to reduce user interface consistency risks.

Realisable Benefits from an ARINC 661 Base Display Architecture

ARINC 661 enforces a defined split between systems and displays. Therefore when systems are developed with the right architecture and tools, the systems themselves can be deployed across multiple platforms, even with different display interaction requirements, bringing additional benefits to system suppliers:

  • The same core system software can be deployed to multiple platforms with different displays,

  • System certification for each additional platform can be minimised to a separate display interaction component,

  • The system's user-interface can be customised cost effectively for each platform, conforming to the platform’s “look” and user interface guidelines, providing a more integrated user experience.