The original, more than sixty year old cockpit instrumentation design did not correspond to the high demands of the certification authorities. Furthermore it didn’t allow the adaptation of contemporary safety and human factor standards.
The obvious solution would have been to complement the historical displays by modern instruments, but the lack of space in the narrow Super Star nose excluded this desirable option. Alternatively the Lufthansa Technik flightdeck team of experts opted for the combined presentation of primary flight instruments on modern screens in a digital glass cockpit. This proved to be the best compromise between current safety requirements and the scarcely available space.
In close cooperation with the project engineering and the US authorizing authority FAA the experts of Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg developed a concept that not only lives up to the highest standards but preserves as much legacy as possible.
The new design is based on an avionic suite, originally developed for the Lockheed C-130 „Hercules“ transporter, and donated to the project by its manufacturer Honeywell. The Honeywell Flight Management System sends all necessary flight data to the so called Flight Director which transfers these inputs into visual pilot displays. The modern Honeywell avionic furthermore supplies data to the original Bendix PB 20 autopilot of the 1950’s.
Apart from the obvious invention of four big displays, two each on the captains and first officers side, other flightdeck areas have been adapted. One item being the overhead panel above the pilots heads, now ergonomically sorted with cutting-edge lightplates and switches in style of current Airbus or Boeing standards. Another being the modern radio management units, located to the left and right of the pilot seats.
To assure a safe flight operation, the Super Star combines the best of the analog world of the 1950’s, with the digital advancements of our age.