Cockpit Control Panels - Electronic Flight Bag
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This was an extremely challenging project where we were called in to help reduce the weight and form factor of an Electronic Flight Bag to make it more portable and easier to use. We had to meet strict FAA guidelines for operability, reliability and light transmission. We started by replacing the very expensive and bulky mechanical switches with metal dome switches under ruggedized abrasion and chemical resistant silicone keypads. Dual redundant LEDs, matched for luminosity and chromaticity, are mounted on a thin rigid PCB with associated circuitry and components on the other side. All are securely mounted to a light weight aluminum bezel and which forms a water tight assembly when completed. The novel design and spectacular results achieved earned us a High Tech Innovation Award from AeA (TechAmerica).