Avionics News January 2016 - 59
Flight Display Systems
Based in Alpharetta, Georgia, Flight Display Systems
made several announcements.
FDS said it has redesigned the user interface of
the Smart Cabin CMS control modules. The new
interface is designed to give users a more streamlined
experience. Updated graphics and intuitively organized
icons on the main screen provide users with the ability
to quickly control their cabin environment. The new
CMS Controller Interface allows VIP passengers to
adjust in-flight entertainment options, access and share
productivity files, and control cabin amenities like
temperature, lighting, shades and more. The interface
designs are now available in an array of schemes
including blue, silver, charcoal and gold to integrate into
existing cabin décor.
The company also introduced the do CAPSULE
and called it the core of the do EXPERIENCE, a full
spectrum of in-flight entertainment options including
DRM compliant movies, music, photos, business
productivity, moving map, and more. Connected to a
Wi-Fi router, the do CAPSULE streams content to VIP
passengers in flight. The do CAPSULE has PMA and
was ready to ship in December.
FDS also announced the EDGE SERIES HD, a
new line of ultra-thin, full high-definition displays for
business and private jets. Answering the demand for
ultra-thin, lightweight monitors, all EDGE SERIES
HD models measure only 1 inch thin. The new highdefinition displays are engineered from the ground
up to meet or exceed the most rigorous standards.
Additionally, the new designs are fanless, allowing for
whisper quiet operation.
What's more, FDS launched two new EDGE SERIES
4K ultra-thin, lightweight high-definition displays.
Measuring only 2 inches thin, the EDGE SERIES 4K
displays provide brilliant image quality, while taking
up less space on an aircraft. Designed to enhance image
quality with increased color accuracy, contrast, and
clarity, the new displays provide a 3,840-by-2,160 4K
resolution to precisely reproduce more than 1 billion
The company also unveiled do 360, a subscriptionbased entertainment solution for private air travel. It
noted that do 360 is part of the do EXPERIENCE.
All content is digital rights managed and provided in
cooperation with major studios and content publishers.
Finally, FDS showcased a new low-profile DVD
player for business and private jets. The new product
provides images with more than 500 lines of horizontal
resolution. To save space and minimize weight, the
DVD player includes a slimline design with slot load
capabilities. The player can be mounted sideways.
Additional features include high-quality audio and a
multi-language audio option.
Gama Aviation (Engineering)
Gama received FAA approval for its repair station
based at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.
The certification, under Part 145, covers work on
airframes, engines, instruments and radio equipment,
enabling Gama Aviation to provide its clients with a full
range of support services from its Las Vegas base.
Dennis Richey, executive vice president, engineering,
of Gama Aviation, said, "As a global operator it is
vital that we can provide our clients with a full suite of
services in all the markets we serve. Clients want to be
confident that wherever their aircraft may be, they will
receive a consistently high level of service, and this
certification underlines the standards we offer here at
Garmin announced the achievement of several
major milestones toward the certification of the G5000
in the Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP aircraft.
System architecture and installation details, High
Intensity Radiated Fields, Lightning and Reduced
Vertical Separation Minimum testing to support
group approval, are among a number of milestones
that have been completed as part of this program.
Considered a significant endeavor in the certification
process, autopilot development testing is also near
complete, indicating this program is in its final stages.
Additionally, a new early adopter incentive program
provides substantial savings on safety-enhancing G5000
options for the Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP.
Installation and system architecture details of
the G5000 modernization program for the Beechjet
400A/Hawker 400XP have been completed, which is
representative of the avionics suite entering its final
stages of certification. HIRF and lightning testing, as
well as RVSM testing required for group approval,
contribute to the many milestones that have been
achieved as the development program continues to
progress. Additionally, autopilot feature development
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