Let’s say you are hosting a dinner and you are trying to figure out what to serve. You would probably make a menu. A roast perhaps, maybe a salad, some tasty garlic bread too. From this menu, you would make a list of ingredients to pick up from the store. A pork tenderloin, garlic, herbs, lettuces, carrots, etc.
Figuring out airplane systems is no different. Our menu is the Design Requirements and Objectives (DR&Os), and it answers questions about airplane capability: Should we be able to fly the airplane in visual conditions only, or do we add instruments to be able to fly in clouds? How far should it be able to go? How much redundancy should it have? The answers are the DR&Os and they are our menu. You can check them out on the last post.
But we still need ingredients to make the items on the menu, or systems components to fulfill these requirements. That’s where the systems design comes in. The systems we purchase and design have to meet the requirements we decided upon.
We broke up the majority of our systems design tasks into 4 major airplane systems: avionics and instrumentation, cabin, electrical, and fuel systems. Click on the link below to check out our preliminary design. It includes a mostly accurate picture of what we will be getting, a high level of how things will be connected, and the trajectory we’re taking.
EDIT: After going through the detailed design phase we made a few changes to the systems and as such I have edited the presentation to reflect that. They are relatively minor but worth sharing 🙂 – Miguel