Thomas Global Systems announced today at the AP&M Europe 2018 Global MRO Procurement Summit & Exhibition that its TFD-8601 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved model list supplemental type certificate (AML-STC) has been expanded to include a range of Proline II equipped Gulfstream, Bombardier, Beechcraft & Dassault aircraft.
In addition to the Saab 340B, Embraer EMB-120 and Dassault Falcon 50, the TFD-8601 is now approved for installation in Beechcraft Hawker 800/800XP; Bombardier Challenger 600/601/604; Dassault Falcon 20 aircraft and Gulfstream Westwind/Astra SPX aircraft.
The TFD-8601 cockpit display is a pioneering plugand-play, Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Display (AMLCD) replacement for aging cathode ray tube (CRT) displays installed in a variety of regional, business and military aircraft. A shipset of four displays saves over 12 pounds per cockpit and requires 70 per cent less power than CRTs during normal operation.
“This plug-and-play display upgrade drives down avionics maintenance costs and immediately readies the aircraft for the future – a practical solution to CRT obsolescence with a built-in growth path for additional functionality to ensure capability and compliance,” said Robert Riede, Director, Commercial for Thomas Global.
“In addition, there are tremendous operational benefits gained when updating flight decks with TFD-8601 displays – including significantly improved reliability and reduced costs, with lower weight, less heat and reduced power consumption.”
TFD-8601 installation can be completed quickly, with no changes to existing cockpit panels or wiring, and no crew retraining or changes to flight simulators – minimizing disruption to aircraft operations.
The display, incorporating Thomas Global’s Adaptive Display Architecture™ display processing technology, is already certified on a range of regional and business aircraft including Saab 340B, Embraer EMB 120 & Falcon 50.
The TFD-8601 was developed in partnership with Regional Express (Rex), one of the world’s leading regional airlines and the world’s largest operator of Saab 340 aircraft.