20 December, 2017: Rockwell Collins has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for large-format flight display upgrade on Boeing 767 aircraft. The upgrade and certification were completed for Star Air through a collaborative effort between Rockwell Collins, Boeing, Atlantic Aviation Group and L2 Aviation.
The new 767 and 757 flight display system brings a series of ground-breaking technologies that boost situational awareness, enhance reliability five-fold, decrease line maintenance actions by 80 percent, provide positive return on investment and decrease avionics weight. All this plus mitigating Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) obsolescence challenges positions the aircraft for future airspace evolutions.
“This upgrade brings new life to the flight deck and makes the aircraft immediately ready for future airspace operations,” said Steve Timm, vice president and general manager, Air Transport Systems for Rockwell Collins. “Greater situational awareness for the pilots is a key benefit of the upgrade since the large-format displays enable flight information to be portrayed according to personal preferences.”
“By collaborating with Rockwell Collins to offer the Large Display System (LDS), we’re able to assure our 757 and 767 operators increased operational cost efficiencies and integrate new capabilities for future airspace mandates and upgrades,” said Robert Dankers, director for Avionics Modifications, Boeing Global Services. “Providing a modern, integrated flight deck solution with commonality to 737 MAX and 787 Dreamliner brings further efficiencies in operations, training and sparing costs for many of our customers.”
The upgrade features three large-format 15.1-inch LCD displays that replace six CRT displays and numerous analog instruments to provide operators with a number of benefits, including:
- 1) Boeing collaboration and support to ensure Boeing flight deck philosophy is maintained
- 2) A platform to include future safety-enhancing technology such as airport taxi maps, data link weather, surface guidance, and synthetic and better vision systems
- 3) Complete replacement of all older displays and majority of older line-replaceable units (LRUs)
- 4) Engine-indication and crew-alerting system (EICAS) displays replaced and integrated into the LDS system
- 5) Reduced pilot training due to alignment with Boeing flight deck philosophy on its most modern aircraft, including Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 737 MAX
- 6) The only certified system that is fully integrated and eliminates all the older EDUs from the cockpit
Pictured (Left to right): Steffen Vagt-Andersen, Planning Manager, Star Air; Nick Trent Principal Program Manager, Rockwell Collins; and Colm Carty, Engineering Manger, Atlantic Aviation Group inspecting the large-format flight display upgrade at the Atlantic Aviation Group facility recently in Shannon, Ireland.