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Monday, April 6, 2015

Star Air Upgrades Fleet with Rockwell Collins Large-Format Flight Displays

Juliet Van Wagenen

[Avionics Today 04-06-2015] Denmark-based Star Air has chosen to equip its fleet of 11 Boeing 767-200BDSF cargo planes with Rockwell Collins' large-format flight displays. The displays are inspired by the same display system found on Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Rockwell Collins' large-format display upgrade for 767 and 757 flight decks
Rockwell Collins' large-format display upgrade for 767 and 757 flight decks. Photo: Rockwell Collins

The new flight deck, a collaboration between Rockwell Collins and Boeing for the 757 and 767 aftermarket that received initial certification in 2014, includes three large-format 15.1-inch LCD displays that replace six Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) displays and numerous analog instruments. The upgrade also features: a platform to incorporate future safety-enhancing technology such as airport taxi maps, data link weather, surface guidance and synthetic and enhanced vision systems; engine-indication and crew-alerting system (EICAS) data; and a 150-pound weight reduction over the original system to reduce fuel consumption.

"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 of technical for Star Air, who noted that system’s commonality with the Dreamliner was a key selling point as it would ensure future system support and updates. Installation and subsequent European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification of Star Air's flight display retrofit will begin later this year.

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