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CoPilot Databus Test, Simulation & Analysis Software

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The ready solution.

CoPilot is the quick and easy way to interact with avionics databuses. It handles virtually any task, so you won't need to write your own software. more»

Intuitive operation.

The familiar graphical interface and intuitive operation of CoPilot minimizes the learning curve and gets you up and running fast. more»

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The ready solution.

Save time and money with CoPilot.

CoPilot is a windows program that allows you to interact with and generate avionics bus data, without writing your own software. What CoPilot does for you, is to make it simpler to interact with avioncs busses, alleviate the need to write test software, and make it easier for you to get your job done.

CoPilot is a FREE UPGRADE for CoPilot 5.x owners. See more details on the "Get CoPilot" tab below.

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Powerful...yet easy to use.

Get up and running quickly with CoPilot.

From the moment you start CoPilot, you'll be surprised at how easy and intuitive it is to use. Often-used functions are within easy reach in the Office-style ribbon interface and separate tab groups clearly organize the functions for each major avionics protocol. Avionics bus activity is visually represented with the ability to "drill in" by double-clicking elements to view more and more details.

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Databus problem-solver.

CoPilot includes powerful tools for databus analysis and test, including a full-featured scripting environment to allow advanced customization. more»

See CoPilot in action.

Experience the power of CoPilot for yourself. Watch videos of CoPilot in action or download the full program for evaluation. more»

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The ultimate databus analyzer.

CoPilot sets the standard for performance and flexibility!

With CoPilot, you can easily monitor, record, replay, analyze, and simulate avionics bus data. It's the industry's leading productivity tool for such varied avionics applications as troubleshooting avionics systems, automated testing of new products, rapid prototyping of software for new projects, recording flight test data, and avionics component validation.

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See CoPilot in action.

Watch videos and evaluate the software on your own computer.

The best way to learn about CoPilot is to see it in action. Click the appropriate botton at right to view introduction and tutorial videos of CoPilot, or to download the full version of the program and try it for free.

What is CoPilot?


CoPilot is an intuitive, graphical software program that allows you to easily monitor, record, replay, analyze, and simulate avionics bus data. With CoPilot you can interact directly with data on multiple buses using Ballard interface hardware or work with previously recorded data. This advanced program features powerful tools for development, testing, troubleshooting and maintenance of avionics equipment and systems.

CoPilot is the perfect complement to Ballard's comprehensive line of hardware interface products for avionics databuse protocols including MIL-STD-1553, EBR 1553, ARINC 429, ARINC 664/AFDX®, ARINC 708, ARINC 717 and others.

 

What's new in CoPilot?

The latest CoPilot improves on the best features of the previous version to make it even easier to use with new organization and visualization features.

Intuitive Organization and Navigation
A new program interface provides improved organization of tools and workspaces so you find what you need faster. The intuitive Ribbon-Bar interface minimizes the learning curve for new users and gives you easy one-click access to a comprehensive set of controls.

Triggering Control
CoPilot provides comprehensive start, stop, and pause triggering control integrated into the graphical user interface.

Visual Protocol Analysis
The new visual representation of the bus allows you to easily see what's going on. Individual icons graphically show the presence of bus activity, as well as error or warning conditions. Double clicks allow you to effortlessly drill down to more information.

Quick Start
CoPilot starts up right where you expect: in analyzer mode already working. You can easily change this behavior and CoPilot will remember your preference on the next startup.

ARINC 717 Support
View, analyze, simulate and record bus activity from an aircraft Digital Flight Data Acquisition Unit or Digital Flight Data Recorder output databus.

EBR 1553 Support
EBR 1553 (MMSI) capability allows CoPilot to interact with modern aircraft stores systems. Operate as bus controller, remote terminal, and/or bus monitor. Spec mode, switch mode, and link mode are supported.

CoPilot is the most advanced and comprehensive databus analysis and simulation software available today. It includes a wide variety of powerful and beneficial features that make it easier to get your job done. Here are some examples:

Auto Discovery of Hardware and Bus Activity

Complicated project setup and configuration are a thing of the past. Each time you start CoPilot, it searches your computer for all connected databus hardware and immediately starts showing databus activity on screen. You are up and running in seconds.

Simultaneous Operation of Multiple Protocols

Whether your project is large or small, simple or complex, CoPilot has you covered. It simultaneously supports MIL-STD-1553, ARINC 429, ARINC 664/AFDX® and ARINC 708 databuse protocols as well as other protocols like serial links and Discrete I/O.

Flexible Data Representation

CoPilot provides multiple ways to view databus activity so you can choose the one most effective for the task at hand: Activity View to see bus topography, graphic controls to observe data in real time, strip charts for a look at how data is changing, tables to examine raw data, and more—the choice is yours.

View and Manipulate Data in Engineering Units

Data analysis is more productive when you can see all the details: feet, knots, degrees, etc. That's why CoPilot translates raw data into clearly understood engineering units using its comprehensive library of industry definitions. You can easily supplement this database with your own definitions and apply to other projects or share with other users.

Automated Test Environment (ATE)

CoPilot is an invaluable tool for production environments as well. The built-in Test Manager delivers a complete solution for test development and test management. Extensive scripting capability and OLE automation provide full control over automated testing and full integration with associated hardware and software components.

Powerful Scripting Environment

Expand and customize CoPilot features and functions to perfectly meet the needs of your project using the comprehensive built-in script development environment. Integrated Python programming and debugging tools include watch window, object browser, command prompt, and break points with single step operation.

 

Comprehensive Program Security

Global security settings within CoPilot allow you to lock down and password-protect a variety of program features, creating a secure runtime environment. You can allow or restrict user access to configuration settings, data editing, display views, screen layout, test management, proprietary Python code and more.

Sophisticated Graphical Displays

CoPilot graphical displays and virtual instruments provide highly effective ways to view and modify avionics data. From functional radar displays, moving maps or strip charts, to complex reproductions of hardware control panels, CoPilot offers nearly limitless capability to create the working environment you need.

Hardware and Software Playback

With CoPilot, you have the option to playback previously recorded databus activity in two ways: through interface hardware right onto the databus in order to test or interact with real equipment; or completely within the software to repeatedly examine data at a readable speed using all of the available displays, graphics, and tools.

Error Injection

CoPilot has the unique ability to inject deliberate and controllable errors onto the databus. These non-standard scenarios, which might include logical, electrical, or parity issues, are useful to determine precisely how systems respond under such circumstances.

Software Licensing that Makes Sense

The CoPilot license was designed to be easy on your business. There are no dongles to lose or expensive site licenses to manage, just a simple software "key" embedded in the Ballard databus interface hardware. You can freely install CoPilot on as many computers as you need for pre-run setup, scripting, or post analysis. When you need to access the live databus, just connect any of these computers to hardware containing a license key.

Learn and Work with Simulated Hardware

When using CoPilot, you have the option of activating demonstration interfaces. This software feature mimics databus interface hardware as if it were attached to the computer. The simulated live data this provides is very useful for learning CoPilot or prototyping new solutions.

And So Much More!

CoPilot is the most comprehensive databus simulation and analysis software on the market today. Its features and capabilities are just too numerous to list here. The best way to discover the power of CoPilot is to try it for yourself. Download the full version of CoPilot right now on the "Get CoPilot" tab.

 

CoPilot is a powerful and flexible tool for engineers, developers, maintenance personnel, and others involved with avionics systems and equipment. It is a highly-effective solution for applications such as:

Databus System Troubleshooting & Analysis

There is no better tool than CoPilot to accurately diagnose databus system issues. Combine CoPilot with a Ballard hardware interface to view or record databus activity. You can see and manipulate the protocol data in its raw form, in engineering units, or on graphical controls and charts to precisely pinpoint intermittent problems.

New Software Development

CoPilot is the perfect environment in which to create your operational interface or final databus application. The advanced functionality of CoPilot, combined with its powerful programming interface, allows you to quickly and easily build a reliable solution.

Custom Software Prototyping

Use CoPilot as a means to prototype your custom software solution. The extensive programming framework, along with solid databus tools, allow you to take the project from concept to working prototype quickly and easily. This prototype also serves as an invaluable benchmark against which to test your final custom application.

 

Automated Testing of Avionics Equipment

CoPilot is a production-ready solution for quality testing of avionics equipment. The powerful Automated Test Environment (ATE) within CoPilot provides easy test development, test management, and full integration with other hardware and software applications.

Remote Testing & Analysis

With CoPilot, there is no need to move teams of people and equipment between the development location and a remote testing location. CoPilot data files can be instantly transferred by email between the two sites, saving time and travel expenses.

Avionics Flightline Validation/Testing

CoPilot is extremely cost-effective for use in flightline environments where multiple engineers and technicians are involved. The software is freely installed on all needed computers for software playback and analysis. When there is a need to physically interface to the databus, the user simply utilizes a shared hardware interface.

And many other uses...

Versatility is a key benefit of CoPilot. It provides more capability and solves more problems than any other databus software program on the market today. To learn how CoPilot can help in your application, please contact our customer support specialists.

 

The best way to learn about CoPilot is to see it in action. Check out the videos presented below. Click here to go to the CoPilot media page to see all of the CoPilot videos.

 

 

 

 

CoPilot will support multiple hardware devices and protocols simultaneously. The descriptions below provide a brief overview of protocol capabilities.

MIL-STD-1553

Easily analyze databus activity, quickly set up and run bus controller schedules, simulate remote terminals, and monitor, analyze, and export bus activity. Without having to write your own application, CoPilot allows the user to simulate all aspects of BC behavior as defined by MIL-STD-1553B and create complex on-card custom schedules. Configure up to 32 remote terminals (RTs) and use the bus monitor to preserve a sequence of 1553 messages in a file for analysis of the bus traffic.

ARINC 429

Using CoPilot and one or more Ballard Technology ARINC 429 interfaces, users can easily analyze databus activity, quickly set up and run transmit schedules, receive labels, translate data into engineering units, and monitor, analyze, and export bus activity.

ARINC 708

ARINC 708 is for airborne pulse Doppler weather radar systems. Users can view data in real time while receiving, transmitting, or in software playback mode. Multiple display formats include Radar View and List View with the ability to view in engineering units, raw hexadecimal, and filter with Data Accept. When paired with ARINC 429, T-R unit control is possible.

ARINC 717

Using CoPilot and a Ballard ARINC 717 interface, you can view, analyze, simulate and record bus activity from an aircraft Digital Flight Data Acquisition Unit or Digital Data Recorder output databus.

 

ARINC 664/AFDX®

CoPilot supports graphical configuration and analysis of VLs, ports, and engineering unit interpretations. CoPilot lets you effortlessly create transmit VL and Sub-VL schedules, modify data using the data generators, view status of networks, VLs and ports, and to inject errors on the bus.

EBR 1553

EBR 1553 (MMSI) capability allows CoPilot to interact with modern aircraft stores systems. Operate as bus controller, remote terminal, and/or bus monitor. Spec mode, switch mode, and link mode are supported.

Serial

RS422 Serial data can be viewed and transmitted. Users can also set up scripting event handlers to control or log serial port communication.

Discretes

Discrete inputs and outputs (digital I/O lines) available from the hardware interface can be used for external sync outputs, external trigger inputs, signaling script conditions (events), reading/writing digital values, and for controlling 1553 branching.

 

Operating System Requirements

CoPilot requires the Microsoft® Windows® XP Operating System or above. This includes Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

Suggested Hardware System Requirements

  • Intel® Core™2 Duo, 2 GHz (multi-core) processor or higher
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 2 GB of available hard disk space (additional free disk space required for data logging)

Minimum Hardware System Requirements

  • 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 1 GB of available hard disk space

 

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Evaluate CoPilot Software
Try CoPilot right now by downloading the full program to run on your computer using the link below. The software includes demonstration interfaces that allow you to interact with simulated databuses as if hardware were attached to your computer.

Evaluate CoPilot with your Ballard hardware
If you have Ballard hardware without a CoPilot license key, you may call Customer Support to obtain a free temporary license that will allow you to install, evaluate, and use CoPilot with your interface hardware for a limited time.

 

Purchase CoPilot

To purchase CoPilot for use with existing hardware, contact Customer Support to place your order and add the license key to your hardware device(s). For new hardware purchases, you will receive a discount when you purchase CoPilot bundled with the new hardware.

Upgrade Previous CoPilot Versions

FREE upgrade for CoPilot 5 owners
CoPilot is a free upgrade for CoPilot 5.x owners. To upgrade, simply download CoPilot using the link at left and install. CoPilot will automatically detect and work with connected Ballard hardware containing a CoPilot 5 license key.

Upgrade CoPilot 4 or older versions
To purchase an upgrade for CoPilot version 4 or older, contact Customer Support to place your order and add the new license key to your hardware device(s).

About the CoPilot License

The CoPilot license was designed to be easy on your business. There are no dongles to lose or expensive site licenses to manage, just a simple software "key" embedded in the Ballard databus interface hardware. You can freely install CoPilot on as many computers as you need for pre-run setup, scripting, or post analysis. When you need to access the live databus, just connect any of these computers to hardware containing a license key.

 

 
 
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