A consensus seems to be emerging between avionics suppliers, airframers and pilots on future trends in cockpit automation. In the short term, the pilots’ request for more touch screens and communications can be accommodated. In the future, technology will enable new systems to assist crews in smarter ways. But will the number of crew members needed be further reduced? Philippe Lievin, a marketing director with Rockwell Collins, sees his role as providing solutions to airframers but ...

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