Thomas Global Systems Launches LCD Retrofit Solution for Boeing 757 and 767 Commercial Aircraft

Thomas Global Systems, a leader in the design, production and support of avionic display systems technology, launches its TFD-7000 Series plug-and-play LCD replacements for the Rockwell Collins EDU-776D and EDU-766D CRT displays installed in Boeing 757 and 767 cockpits. The innovations are form, fit, function replacements for EFIS-700 CRT system displays, providing a total CRT-to-LCD replacement solution: including EADI, EHSI and EICAS displays. This pioneering development for B757 and B767 flight decks follows the successful certification of the Company’s TFD-8601 LCD retrofit for corporate and regional aircraft.

The innovative TFD-7000 Series has been developed with input from B757 and B767 owners, operators and lessors and aims to tackle the challenges of aging CRTs, particularly with growing concerns about the lack of cost effective upgrade alternatives for B757 and B767 fleets. Thomas Global Systems’ new LCD solution eliminates any obsolescence threat, dramatically increases system reliability, and drives down maintenance costs. The TFD-7000 Series allows operators to get the most out of their existing cockpit investments, eliminating expensive full cockpit upgrades and without changes to cockpit panels or wiring, equipment downtime and flight crew retraining. Significantly, the TFD-7000 Series offers major weight savings – the new units are approximately 70% lighter than the existing CRT modules – thereby reducing operators’ fuel costs.

The TFD-7000 Series displays feature Thomas Global Systems’ Adaptive Display Architecture (TADA), a ground-breaking, flexible display design providing an adaptable platform that can accommodate NextGen capabilities and evolving technologies. The importance of adaptability is even more fundamental with changing legislation. The ADS-B mandate takes effect from January 1, 2020 and requires all aircraft operating in controlled airspace to be equipped with the new GPS-based identification technology. Compliance will be much more costly to equip ageing aircraft using older technologies. Thomas Global Systems’ retrofit solutions are ADS-B ready and support integration for this legislation.

In addition to offering major weight savings, the TFD-7000 Series displays generate less heat than existing CRTs, which is a huge advantage for flight deck panels, and are operational with reduced power consumption. Aircraft owners, operators and lessors are presented with a cost effective LCD retrofit solution that drives down flight deck operational and maintenance budgets and prolongs the life of an aircraft. Disruption to operations and aircraft downtime are also significantly reduced.

Angus Hutchinson, CEO of Thomas Global Systems stated, “Following the certification of our TFD-8601 LCD replacement for corporate and regional aircraft, we are pleased to present our TFD-7000 Series LCD replacements for B757 and B767 cockpits. Both aircraft types have productive lives ahead, and our goal is to provide a cost effective, high performance and comprehensive LCD solution that will meet the long-term needs of B757 and B767 owners, operators and lessors. The TFD-7000 Series helps operators to avoid expensive full cockpit retrofits and get the most out of their existing cockpit investment.”

An expert in the sector, Thomas Global Systems continues to invest and innovate, bringing customers around the world the most cutting-edge systems and solutions, as well as continuing to support existing products and services. The CRT market is a priority support area for Thomas Global Systems. Thomas Global Systems is consistently chosen by airlines, MROs, government agencies and other operators for its long-term cockpit CRT display support programs, fast turnaround times and guaranteed performance.

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