MakerPlane System of Systems
A “system of systems” is defined as a collection of task-oriented or dedicated systems that pool their resources and capabilities together to create a new, more complex system which offers more functionality and performance than simply the sum of the constituent systems.
The MakerPlane solution as a system of systems that can not only be used as a complete avionics solution in an experimental aircraft, it can also be used as an innovation platform and test bed for avionics and aircraft systems. It is already a well-populated ecosystem with flight proven implementations including our EFIS, moving map, EIS, haptic feedback stick shaker, trim controllers, annunciators, audio solutions and so on.
The EFIS includes a multitude of configurable and extendable applications such as user instrument clusters, moving map display, engine monitoring and so on. It also has a 3-dimensional display of airports and runways within the primary flight instrument. Underpinning the system of systems is the CAN-FiX protocol that allows the different nodes to share data.
It is our hope that future innovators for Loss of Control in Flight (LOC-I) solutions may be able to quickly implement their solutions without needing to re-invent sensors, displays or gauges if they need them.
The diagram below shows the possibilities of implementing a MakerPlane avionics system.