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Common Command Unit Remote Keyboard 1 Model

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C0924
Category: General Purpose
Object Type: Model
Object Name: Common Command Unit Remote Keyboard 1 Model
Part No: 270-SK-2753/1
Serial No: 001
Manufacturer: GEC Avionics
Division: Monitoring & Control
Year of Manufacture: circa 1985
Dimensions: Width (mm): 146
Height (mm): 57
Depth (mm): 38
Weight (g): 228
Location: Triple Shelf Unit, Mid (control panels) [Main Store]

GEC Avionics Ltd
Part 270-SK-2753/1
Ser 001
Code K0656


The Control and Display Unit (CDU) is an interactive keyboard and display designed to control avionic systems via a variety of data buses. Typically it would be used with
• Navigation and Flight Management Systems
• Control, Communications and Identification
• Moving Map Control
• In Flight Fault Analysis Systems
• Weapon and Sonar Buoy Control Systems
It is believed this type of module was used on a helicopter system.
This is one of a variety of remote Keyboards.It is believed this type of module was used on a helicopter system.

The RAA contains a number of models of equipment and aircraft. The equipment models were used as a marketing aid and often to ensure that the production unit will fit in the space; this was particularly true for Head Up Displays. Such equipment models will have minimal or no functionality. Models might  just be used as weighted units or as cockpit lighting evaluation units. The HUD used on the YF-16 was of the correct weight and envelope but only mounted the Spin 'chute button (a feature only required for the early test flights). Many of these models were made by professional model makers from the original drawings and could be quite expensive; alternatively the real hardware would be used.

The aircraft models range from the simple small scale kits to quite large display items. The large model aircraft were often a marketing tool from places like Airbus or Boeing but may be found in Boardrooms or Reception areas wheras the small models may be given as a visitor handout. Those models made from kits have largely been brought in from home but are useful to illustrate the platform alongside the equipment. The large models will be hugely expensive.

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