Blue Mountain's Glass Cockpit Flies with FSMLabs RTLinux

FSMLabs RTLinuxPro is shipping in the just released Gen4 EFIS/One glass cockpit from Blue Mountain Avionics. The EFIS/One is a state-of-the-art, complete glass cockpit designed specifically for experimental aircraft that is fast becoming the standard choice of sport pilots from RV drivers to L-39 jet jockeys.

“The reliability and power of RTLinux and the absolutely premium support we received from FSMLabs are keys to us getting this product out to our customers,” said Greg Richter, President of Blue Mountain Avionics. FSMLabs RTLinuxPro combines a ruggedized embedded Linux with the RTCore hard real-time operating system and everything else necessary to deploy a device.

“Our goal is to allow device developers to focus on their products instead of on the operating system, bootloaders and filesystem,” said FSMLabs CTO Cort Dougan, “and Blue Mountain’s rapid adjustment to their first Linux product was another validation of our architecture.”

EFIS/One has solid-state instruments for: Airspeed, Altitude and VSI, magnetically slaved all-attitude compass, HSI, solid state AHRS (Attitude Heading Reference System), a 12 channel GPS navigation engine and the highest resolution 3D terrain available. There’s also a built-in digital autopilot with altitude hold and ILS capture, a full air data computer with fuel burn and fuel totalizing functions, a flight planning system and digital monitoring of up to 32 engine gauges. The built-in flight recorder and the new flight performance software monitors flights, engine performance and much more.

One L39 pilot states, “Once you fly with an EFIS/One, you’ll wonder how you ever flew without it.”

FSMLabs patented hard real-time virtualization technology decouples the POSIX RTCore real-time kernel from an embedded Linux (or BSD UNIX) client operating system that is completely preemptible by time critical code. Developers can control motors, acquire data, and move packets in real-time, while also taking advantage of the enterprise software platform provided by Linux. The Linux system provides a complete, fully functional, enterprise class platform operating system with a complete set of development tools, sophisticated networking and storage, and comprehensive security, all running under the modular POSIX API hard real-time RTCore kernel.

FSMLabs Embedded Enterprise initiative aims at exploiting the productive synergy between state-of-the-art POSIX real-time in FSMLabs RTCore and the sophisticated capabilities and rich base of drivers, middleware and applications available on the Linux and BSD clients.

About FSMLabs
FSMLabs provides hard real-time mission-critical solutions designed for reliability and simplicity of operation. FSMLabs was founded in 1998 and is privately held, with headquarters in New Mexico and sales and engineering staff worldwide. FSMLabs products include RTLinux, RTCoreBSD, LNet real-time networking, PSDD protected memory real-time, VxIT legacy emulation, Carrier Grade Linux, RTCore Eclipse IDE and ControlsKit XML/RPC interface builder. For more information, send email.

About Blue Mountain Avionics
Blue Mountain Avionics provides EFIS and flight control solutions for experimental aircraft. Founded in 2001, BMA is privately held with headquarters in Copperhill, Tennessee. BMA’s EFIS and autopilot systems are flying on over 1000 airplanes and rotorcraft worldwide.

About SDC Systems
SDC Systems Limited is a leading European distributor of embedded development software, tools and hardware. Focused on innovative and leading edge technology, SDC strives to provide “technology that makes a difference”, technology that will positively impact the development process and the quality and functionality of the final product. With many years’ experience and talented engineering support, SDC Systems work closely with their clients to provide an important source of embedded expertise and products.

RTLinux, RTCore, LNet, PSDD, ControlsKit, and FSMLabs are registered trademarks of Finite State Machine Labs Inc. “Embedded Enterprise” is a trademark of FSMLabs. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.