Sagem Avionics and General Dynamics Aviation Services are partnering on a glass-panel cockpit upgrade for Part 25 jets including the Challenger 600 and 601, Falcon 20 and 50, Gulfstream II and III, and Hawker 700 and 800. The upgrade comprises five 10.4-inch-diagonal displays, which include a PFD and MFD in front of each pilot with an EICAS display in the center. The Sagem integrated cockpit display system (ICDS) works with the aircraft’s existing digital radar and attitude heading reference system, or buyers can opt for Sagem’s fiber-optic gyros.
Sagem Avionics and GDAS’s Dallas facility are installing the first system in a Gulfstream II, and it should receive FAA supplemental type certification in the second quarter of 2007. Once certified, any GDAS facility will be able to install Sagem’s ICDS retrofit. The ICDS will cost less than $400,000 installed, according to Ross Cairns, Sagem Avionics vice president for business development. “It’s too early to say how much weight the Sagem Avionics retrofit will save, but it’s going to be fairly significant,” he said. Equipment removed includes primary flight and engine instruments, radar display, TCAS/traffic resolution display, navigational switching and engine instruments.