Flight Display Systems (Booth No. 3047) engaged in a round of “myth-busting” here Tuesday. According to president David Gray, there are four myths endemic to the cabin electronics industry–that there is no quality high-definition system available, that cabin monitors cost about $1,000 an inch, that passengers couldn’t care less about flight deck information and that switching has to cost $1,000 per button.
Duncan Aviation recently installed in a Challenger a 32-inch LCD monitor, the largest screen the independent completion and refurbishment center has put into a business jet, at its Battle Creek, Mich. facility. According to avionics sales representative Dennis DeCook, it was part of a minor cabin upgrade and the near-flush mount was installed in the aft bulkhead “with a few inches to spare on each side.”
The “Flipper” from Flight Display Systems of Alpharetta, Ga., fits into that welcomed category of products that fill a need without breaking the bank.
The thin, five-inch LCD screen is designed to mount to the underside of the glareshield, staying out of the way when not in use and flipping down when needed. It’s intended to serve as an extra display screen in cockpits where space is limited.
It’s called the Flipper, and for good reason. The new product is a retrofit item that flips into position on the aircraft glare shield to give the pilot a supplemental five-inch LCD screen. Flight Display Systems of Alpharetta, Ga. (Booth No. 1643), has come up with it as a way to make newer technology, such as XM weather data and enhanced-vision systems, accessible to owners of older aircraft.
Three years ago satellite direct television was “gee whiz” equipment. Today it is almost standard on anything larger than a Falcon 50. Honeywell, with its AIS-2000 multi-region system, provides in-flight coverage in Europe, the Middle East and North America. But best of all, the modular cabinet design now allows the user to download software modules to shift from one coverage area to another in flight.
In-flight entertainment specialist Flight Display Systems (FDS) is preparing to take the wraps off a monster, 55-inch LCD monitor for the cabin in a formal announcement expected before year-end.
After much market research and considerable research and development, Rosen Aviation Displays’ FliteView moving map passenger information system will go into production in August. The Eugene, Ore.-based company describes FliteView as fitting a niche between the low- and high-end products but at about one-fourth the price of the high-end.
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