EBACE Convention News

Flight Display shows sky-high entertainment

 - May 6, 2009, 6:55 AM

Flight Display Systems is here in Geneva with two of its latest products: a Blu-ray video disc player and its Jet JukeBox for movies and music.

The U.S. company claims the video player is the first Blu-ray box specifically designed for aircraft. Users can upgrade their aircraft with the high-definition video disc player as a simple replacement unit, even if the cabin is not yet equipped with high-definition monitors.

Because it includes both high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) and composite (NTSC) output, the Blu-ray is backwards-compatible with older LCD and plasma monitors. It will also accommodate traditional DVDs. Features included are wireless infrared remote and an RS485 port to interface with other cabin management systems. It comes with a two-year warranty, at an uninstalled price of $4,879. Flight Display began shipping units on April 1.

Also on display at the Alpharetta, Georgia-based company’s EBACE exhibit (Booth No. 1649) is its new high-definition Jet JukeBox, a media service that allows passengers to enjoy a digital library of DVDs, CDs and still images.

The Jet JukeBox will hold a library of up to 100 DVD movies for viewing over HDMI, enhanced with a proprietary up-scaling system designed to give crisp, richly colored images in 720p and 1080i resolution. If the user’s choice is music, the box
will hold up to 500 gigabytes of MP3s.

The Jet JukeBox comes with a two-year warranty and carries a list price of $6,055. It has been available since May 1.