Rockwell Collins’ large-format flight displays, inspired by the same display system found on Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplanes, have been selected by Denmark-based Star Air for its fleet of 11 Boeing 767-200BDSF cargo airplanes.
The new flight deck, a collaboration between Rockwell Collins and Boeing for the 757 and 767 aftermarket, brings a series of innovative technologies that dramatically enhance situational awareness, decrease maintenance costs and improve fuel efficiency. The flight deck retrofit solution received initial certification in 2014.
„Since first deliveries to our launch customer, we’re seeing the momentum building for the 757/767 flight deck upgrade with domestic and international operators,” said Steve Timm, vice president and general manager, Air Transport Systems for Rockwell Collins. „It significantly extends the life of these aircraft while adding new capabilities to meet future airspace requirements, and pilots will benefit from a much more engaging visual environment and intuitive interface.”
Installation and subsequent European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification of Star Air’s flight display retrofit will begin later this year.
„We selected the large-format display solution from Rockwell Collins for our fleet of 767-200 freighters because we are confident that the upgrade will provide full compliance not only with current, but also with future avionics requirements,” said Carsten Hvidegaard Holm, vice president, Technical for Star Air A/S. „The commonality with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, 737 MAX and 777X was a key selling point for us during the decision process as we feel it will ensure future system support and updates. The large-format flight displays will also provide us with a significant weight savings, and it will have a positive effect on our dispatch reliability allowing us to serve our customers even better than today.”
The 757/767 upgrade features three large-format 15.1-inch LCD displays that replace six cathode ray tube (CRT) displays and numerous analog instruments to provide operators with a number of benefits, including:
– The only Boeing and Rockwell Collins-supported retrofit 757/767 display system
– The only display retrofit available with engine-indication and crew-alerting system (EICAS) data on LCD displays
– Maintenance savings driven by significant increase in new display system reliability
– Improved fuel efficiency from 150-pound flight deck weight reduction
– A platform to incorporate future safety-enhancing technology such as airport taxi maps, data link weather, surface guidance, and synthetic and enhanced vision systems
– Aircraft life extension by proactively managing CRT obsolescence
– Aligns with Boeing flight deck philosophy on its most modern aircraft, including Boeing 787 Dreamliner, 737 MAX and 777X aircraft.
In addition, Rockwell Collins’ Head-up Guidance System (HGS™) is available for the Boeing 757/767 aftermarket, which further enhances situational awareness and provides more efficient operations through all phases of flight, including departures and approaches in low-visibility conditions, thunderstorm diversion, and quick, at-a-glance flight path monitoring.
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