Designing “tomorrow’s” electronic flight displays… back in 1976!

Ever wonder how today’s incredible digital flight displays and simulators developed?

Well as a relatively new private pilot back in 1975, I was enlisted to participate in a new-technology experiment to test the feasibility of using electronic flight displays for instrument flight and training.

The technology of the day allowed me to “fly” a simulator employing an ~8″ CRT (read “old-TV set”) driven by a roomful of computers delivering half a dozen moving lines to convey flight data.

I was intrigued by the experience, and as a University of Illinois Industrial Design grad student, applied to my grad committee to participate as a display designer on the project, which was being conducted by U of I’s Aviation Research Lab (ARL) under US Office of Naval Research (ONR) sponsorship. My assignment was to address symbology and human factors design for the future time when computers became compact and powerful enough to drive more sophisticated displays like today’s.

Well yesterday I came upon my following 1976 presentation slides from that project, which I predict you’ll find interesting. (Click the first image to see it full-size, and then advance using the left-right arrows.)

Let me know what you think!

Greg

PS: That simulator pilot appears to be my fellow grad student, Bruce Artwick. You may be familiar with a personal side-project he was working on at the time, now known as MS Flight Simulator.

Introducing Greg’s 2022 “Airport Magic from the Flying Carpet” Photo Wall Calendar!

Check out Greg’s new 2022 “Airport Magic, from the Flying Carpet” Photo Wall Calendar!

This colorful 11″x17″ calendar captures the magic of flight, but you and your gift recipients needn’t be aviators to appreciate it!

It features thirteen captivating photographs of diverse North American airports I’ve visited by Flying Carpet, at all times of year.

Few of us view calendar covers after opening, so I rotated the cover photo 90 degrees to create an 11″x17″ vista suitable for framing. (Monthly photos are 8½” x 11″, with plenty of space for daily notes.)

These super-quality calendars are printed on premium stock by the same lab that prints my Fine Art Photo Metal Prints.

You are hereby officially authorized to remove and frame the cover photo(and any others for that matter) either to remind you of past flying adventures, or to inspire future ones!

Click here to ORDER and preview monthly photos.

$29.95 + shipping & applicable tax.

Greg


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“Share Your Gift of Flight!” Greg Brown’s Cockpit Adventures from the Flying Carpet Podcast #19

Ride along with renowned aviator, writer, and photographer Greg Brown in his light airplane, the Flying Carpet, as he searches behind clouds for the real America, experiencing countless aerial adventures along the way.

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Pilot tips and tricks for introducing family and friends to general aviation flying. (Including some hysterical stories about how NOT to do it!)

This episode addresses tips and tricks for treating your family and friends to their critical first airplane ride, to ensure that they enjoy the experience and want to fly with you again. 

Heads up that this is a live recording of a talk given several years ago, meaning audio quality is somewhat variable. But if you’ll stick with me I promise some great tips, along with some fun stories pilots at every experience level will appreciate.

Okay, everyone, hop aboard my Flying Carpet, snug up your seatbelts, and prepare for takeoff on today’s adventure, “Share your Gift of Flight!”

Greg

Podcast Music by Hannis Brown.


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About Greg

A former National Flight Instructor of the Year, Greg is author of five books, a former Barnes & Noble Arizona Author of the Month, and recently completed twenty years as aviation adventure columnist for AOPA’s Flight Training magazine. Some reviewers have compared his book, “Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane,” to sixties road-trip classics like “On the Road,” and “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.”

“Greg thinks with the mind of a pilot, questions with the curiosity of a philosopher, and sees with the eyes of a poet.”Rod Machado, aviation author and humorist

“You don’t have to be a pilot, or even a frequent flyer, to soar with Greg Brown in [his] Flying Carpet.” — Nina Bell Allen, former Assistant Managing Editor, Readers Digest

So buckle in and join Greg for the ride!


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Greg Brown inducted into the Flight Instructor Hall of Fame

We piloted our Flying Carpet to the 2021 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention in Las Vegas this week, for my induction into the Flight Instructor Hall of Fame. (See Greg’s Hall of Fame credentials.)

Kudos to John Niehaus and the National Association of Flight Instructors for coordinating the judging and execution of this national award. And what an honor to be inducted alongside legendary flight instructors John and Martha King.

Special thanks to my longtime friend, airline Captain Christopher Sis, who nominated me to the Hall of Fame. (Read my 1999 column about how Chris first nominated me as a 16-year-old!)

Thanks also to my friends who provided reference letters and videos supporting me for this honor, and to those who posted messages of support on my web page, which I shared with the judging committee.

Finally, I appreciate your many congratulatory messages! 

Greg

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“Miles and Miles of Sunflowers!” Greg’s latest Fine Art Aerial Photo Metal Print!

Hey Friends, thanks to your enthusiastic reception, here’s “Miles and Miles of Sunflowers,” my latest “View from the Flying Carpet” Fine Art Metal Print!

I was returning my wife Jean and her tennis teammate Jenny from a tournament in El Paso. Five long hours round trip by Flying Carpet, and it was too hazy to see anything special… until 15 minutes from home.

There we encountered these vivid, horizon-to-horizon sunflowers sweeping from Lake Mary toward the San Francisco Peaks. Never have we seen anything like this before! This turns out to be Northern Arizona’s most amazing wildflower year in memory, and we’re thrilled to have captured even a tiny fragment of it from aloft.

Nowhere is the power of numbers more boldly reflected than in these fields of sunflowers captured from a speeding airplane thousands of feet in the air!

Like all my Fine Art Metal Prints, “Miles and Miles of Sunflowers,” ready-to-hang pricing starts at just $125, with super-affordable 2-day shipping throughout the Continental US.

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Greg


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Miles and Miles of Sunflowers!

I flew my wife and her teammate to El Paso and back over the weekend to compete in tennis sectionals. Two grueling 5-hour round trips, and too hazy to see much of anything in either case, until…

Just 15 minutes from home, I encountered horizon-to-horizon gold! All that yellow is wildflowers, most if not all, sunflowers!

Talk about the power of numbers! Imagine how many plants it takes to carpet so many square miles, vividly viewed from a speeding airplane several thousand feet in the air!

If anyone’s interested in having one of these as a Fine Art Metal Print, please drop me a message. (See my current Views from the Flying Carpet and Down to Earth Fine Art Metal Prints.)

Greg

Top photo: Sunflowers stretch from south of Lake Mary toward the San Francisco Peaks. Below: Miles of wildflowers span northeast to northwest viewed from over Mormon Lake. (Click images to enlarge.)


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“New Beginnings: Return to Flight after 9/11,” Greg Brown’s Cockpit Adventures from the Flying Carpet Podcast

Ride along with renowned aviator, writer, and photographer Greg Brown in his light airplane, the “Flying Carpet,” as he searches behind clouds for the real America, experiencing countless aerial adventures along the way.

“New Beginnings; Return to Flight after 9/11,” Greg’s Podcast*

When all US civilian aircraft were grounded following the 9/11 terrorism tragedy, we pilots were left with no idea of when, if ever, we might return to the sky. But eventually that special day did arrive when aviators could return to flight. That’s what this story is about.

Of course being grounded could not generate a fraction of the pain experienced by 9/11 survivors and families who lost loved ones in the attacks. Yet this account does reflect how that day’s horrific events affected all Americans in lasting ways, including us in the aviation community.

Greg

Podcast Music by Hannis Brown.

*Note: This episode originally debuted in June, 2020. I am reintroducing it to commemorate the events of 9/11/2001, for which it was originally written.


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About Greg

A former National Flight Instructor of the Year, Greg is author of five books, a former Barnes & Noble Arizona Author of the Month, and recently completed twenty years as aviation adventure columnist for AOPA’s Flight Training magazine. Some reviewers have compared his book, “Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane,” to sixties road-trip classics like “On the Road,” and “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.”

“Greg thinks with the mind of a pilot, questions with the curiosity of a philosopher, and sees with the eyes of a poet.”Rod Machado, aviation author and humorist

“You don’t have to be a pilot, or even a frequent flyer, to soar with Greg Brown in [his] Flying Carpet.” — Nina Bell Allen, former Assistant Managing Editor, Readers Digest

So buckle in and join Greg for the ride!


Follow Greg on Social Media!


Please support Greg’s Flying Carpet Podcast, Blog, & Student Pilot Pep Talk Facebook Group!

Make a one-time donation, or better yet, subscribe your ongoing support. Thank you! Greg


If you enjoyed this story, you’ll love Greg’s book, Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane. Autographed copies available!


Greg’s latest “Views from the Flying Carpet” Fine Art Metal Prints!

Introducing, “Sunset Landing,” (above) one of several exciting new “Views from the Flying Carpet” Fine Art Metal Prints!

Night photography from an airplane is tough, so most attempts I must pitch. That makes Sunset Landing so special that I invested extra care and multiple proofs to get the sky-ground balance just right. Tell me what you think!

I’ve also added the following new Fine Art Metal Prints, and more.

Check out all my Views from the Flying Carpet and Down to Earth photo prints, which are now easier to peruse. (Also available in Pilot Achievement Plaques.)

Fine Art Metal Print pricing starts ready-to-hang at just $125, plus 2-day shipping to the Continental US for only $20-$30 up to the largest sizes.

Many thanks to all who have invested in my prints, books, and pilot achievement plaques over the years!

Greg


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“Sedona Awakes,” Greg’s latest “View from the Flying Carpet” Fine Art Aerial Photo Metal Print!

Hey Friends, check out “Sedona Awakes,” my latest “View from the Flying Carpet” Fine Art Metal Print!

Clouds low enough to top by light airplane are relatively rare in Northern Arizona, so encountering Sedona’s sun-sparkled rock formations “peaking” through this veil of stratus one recent early-morning flight was quite a treat.

Like all my Fine Art Metal Prints, “Sedona Awakes,” pricing starts ready-to-hang at just $125, with 2-day shipping to the Continental US only $20-$30 up to the largest sizes. (Also available in Pilot Achievement Plaques.)

Oh, and please visit my newly revamped  Views from the Flying Carpet aerials and Down to Earth terrestrial photo collections, which are now much easier to peruse.

Many thanks to all who have invested in my prints, books, and pilot achievement plaques over the years!

Greg


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“Rite of Passage: Open those Cages!”

If you’re in a standardized pilot training program, get out and do some additional personal flying on your own. You’ll have more fun, and be a better pilot for it.

I wrote this article way back in 1998, but it’s even more relevant today…


Not long ago I enjoyed a heart-to-heart talk with my old friend Mark, recently hired by a major airline.

Mark and I had spoken briefly several times over the past few months, but this was the first time in several years when we found ourselves with time and the urge to share inner feelings about flying, and about life in general.

I’ve always admired Mark, because he knew from the beginning he wanted to be an airline pilot, and stuck with that plan through thick and thin until he got there, despite personal and professional obstacles.

“How’s it going?” I asked, “Is working for the majors all it’s made out to be?”

“Absolutely,” Mark told me, “I work with a super bunch of people; the equipment is top-notch, and I love everything about it. And for the first time since getting out of college, I have plenty of free time — to enjoy my wife’s company, to work around our new home, and to appreciate life in general.”

“You deserve it after those years of struggling through three commuter airlines.” I said. “Any regrets?” Of course I expected him to say no, or perhaps share minor complaints about trip schedules or difficulties of parking at the airport.

“To tell the truth,” said Mark, “I do have one regret.” The words came with gravity, like I ought to sit down before pondering their meaning.

“Greg, I feel like I’ve let the last ten years slip by me without having any fun. I love what I’m doing now, but I now think I should have tried to enjoy the flying more along the way…”

**Continue reading Greg’s entire article, RITE OF PASSAGE” **.

(This article first appeared in AOPA Flight Training magazine.)


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