Although the Airbus A380 was far from the sales success anticipated when the program launched, its designers’ efforts have paid off via a number of new technologies and processes, most of which are being used on other Airbus programs. Its flight deck represented a major evolution in human-machine interface. With the A380, the pilot began using a cursor control device and keyboard to make inputs into the flight management system (FMS). The combination replaced an old-style, ...

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