HIGH-SPEED, HIGH-CAPACITY COMPUTERS.
These new-generation computers integrated the MD-10 flight deck display
electronics and related software. The computers integrated such multiple
functions as displays, flight management, data acquisition and central aural
warning. Three of the computers, coupled with a pair of new aircraft interface
units linking them to the aircraft systems, replaced 22 separate computers in
the existing DC-10 design.
AIRPLANE SYSTEM CONTROLLERS.
A major benefit of the ACF derives from the airplane system controllers
originally designed for the MD-11. These controllers eliminated the need for a
flight engineer by managing the functions of all major airplane systems, such
as the hydraulic and fuel systems.
Other significant improvements were incorporated within the flight deck
upgrade to further reduce flight crew workload and enhance the operational
reliability of the MD-10. These improvements included advanced weather radar
with predictive wind shear detection, the MD-11-derived Category IIIb autoland
capability, satellite communications, Global Positioning System navigation
capabilities, and future air navigation system compatibility.