Posted on: 27 May 2015 by Mark Howells
Rex has received its first delivery of the LCD TFD-8601 cockpit display units from Thomas Global Systems, the units being designed to replace traditional cockpit CRT primary flight displays on corporate and regional aircraft.
“The Thomas LCD TFD-8601 has proven to have fulfilled all our requirements in rigorous testing on our aircraft and simulators over the last nine months. It is a plug-and-play solution which allows us to replace only a display that is defective instead of all four at a time,” explained Dale Hall, general manager of engineering, Rex. “This also has the added advantage that we do not need to conduct additional training for our crew and the implementation could be phased in according to operational needs. We will replace all our units over the next three years.
“The system has been designed to allow integration with ADS-B output which enables our fleet to be fully compliant with impending regulations effective in February 2017. We are confident that with the architecture we have specified, this system could also be easily upgraded to meet regulatory requirements that may be enforced over the next 10 years, thereby future-proofing our fleet.”
“The TFD-8601 is designed to drive down maintenance costs and extend cockpit life, allowing operators to get the most out of their existing cockpit,” stated Angus Hutchinson, CEO of Thomas Global Systems. “It’s a replacement for the Rockwell Collins EFD-86 CRT unit, which is used on a range of regional and corporate aircraft including Saab 340, Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia, Beechcraft King Air, Dassault Falcon, Gulfstream, Hawker and Learjet. It is 50% lighter than the comparable CRT display, with significantly higher reliability and lower power consumption.”