OLED technology has been offered for the last couple of years in the small displays used in some business jet cabin management systems, but now Icom America has added them to its panel-mount VHF radios. The IC-A210 VHF Air Band transceiver includes an OLED display that Icom said is brighter and sharper than comparable LCD screens and which also boasts a much wider viewing angle than conventional displays.
“This is the future,” announced Rogelio Sobers, a tall, soft-spoken Eastman Kodak salesman, as he stooped over a simple-looking color video display tucked in a corner of the Kodak exhibit at a recent technology trade show. “Maybe,” he added a moment later, a wry smile curling his lips.
The latest Display of the Year Gold Award, presented last month by the Society for Information Display (the display industry’s version of NBAA), went to Eastman Kodak for its pioneering ultra-thin AM550L organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display.
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.