For business jet operators on a budget, Rockwell Collins has introduced IDS-3000, an integrated display retrofit package that includes active-matrix LCDs, sensors and software, but not the high price of a complete Pro Line 21 Continuum cockpit upgrade.
Continuum is a roughly $2 million retrofit that essentially gives buyers a new avionics suite and autopilot. For operators who want to upgrade only to modern glass displays, IDS-3000 is a good choice. And at $300,000 for a pair of PFDs and an MFD, the upgrade won’t break the bank.
Initial market for the display retrofit is Pro Line II airplanes equipped with Collins APS-85 autopilots. First certifications of IDS-3000 will occur early next year in the Hawker 800, Falcon 50 and Falcon 20, with Astras and the Learjet 55 to follow. Benefits of IDS-3000 are lower cost of ownership, fast installation and the ability to upgrade to new capabilities such as electronic charts, weather and enhanced moving maps. These are part of the just-announced Integrated Flight Information System (IFIS) from Collins, a server-based hardware and software package that will allow buyers to eliminate paper navigation charts from the cockpit.