On June 16, 2020 Thomas Global Systems has received Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for the company’s TFD-7000 Series plug-and-play LCD flight displays for Boeing 767 CRT-equipped aircraft, according to the company’s website.
Thomas Global System TFD-7000 Series LCD cockpit displays provide latest generation Active-Matrix Liquid Crystal Display (AMLCD) technology to replace legacy Boeing 767-200/-300 Rockwell-Collins EDU-776/EDU-766 CRT display. This solution is also offered as a flight deck retrofit for Boeing 737 Classic and Boeing 757 aircraft as it is fully compatible with the EFIP-701 and EAP-701/3 Boeing symbol generators. Because the new LCD solution does not require re-wiring of the aircraft cockpit in order to be installed, it can thus be deployed overnight ‘while the aircraft is parked at the gate’, the company claims.
On original Boeing 767 aircraft, the flight deck was composed of six Rockwell-Collins CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) integrating the aircraft EFIS (Electronic Flight Instrument System) and EICAS (Electronic Engine Indication and Crew Alerting System) information being displayed to the flight crews. As later 767-400 series aircraft provided newer Liquid Crystal Display technology that found its way to the more advanced Boeing 777 series, the presence of the original flight deck became difficult to justify. The increasing risks involved with operating and maintaining older CRT display solutions and the need to provide flight crews with current technology are key factors for upgrading cockpit display.
While being available overnight, the TFD-7000 solution is also lighter than the original by 82 lbs (37 kg), twice more reliable, provides GPS-related enhancements, advanced ADS-B and bus communicating capabilities on a larger sized screen where aditionnal information can be overlayed.
While the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) issued a Supplemental Type Certficate in May 2020, on March 24th, 2020 the TFD-7000 series also received Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) as an Active Matrix LCD drop-in replacement solution for obsolescent Boeing 737/757/767 CRT cockpit display.
Prior to securing Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval, the TFD-7000 series have received FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) authorization for Boeing 737/757/767 aircraft in July of 2019, as well as FAA STC approvals for Boeing 757/767 in July 2019 and 737-3/4/500 aircraft in October 2019.
To date the Thomas Global System TFD-7000 upgrade solution has been adopted by carriers such as Delta Airlines, Pennsylvania-based Eastern Airline and a Japanese customer.