Thomas Global Systems has been given Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for its TFD-7000 Series plug-and-play LCD flight displays for Boeing 737 CRT-equipped aircraft. It is the first FAA-approved retrofit of its kind for Boeing 737-3/4/500 aircraft, the company says.
This latest advance follows completion of the TFD-7000 Series FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) and STC approvals for Boeing 757/767 aircraft in July of this year. These approvals allow Thomas Global to manufacture and deliver the TFD-7000 Series LCD solution to Boeing 757/767 operators, beginning with industry leader Delta Air Lines. Delta selected the TFD-7000 Series LCD solution to retrofit their Boeing 757/767 aircraft in late 2018.
Thomas Global collaborated with a North American VIP customer to obtain TFD-7000 FAA STC approval for the Boeing 737-3/4/500 fleets, with customer deliveries to begin in November.
“We are delighted to have FAA approvals in place to make our TFD-7000 LCD solution available to Boeing 737 Classic operators” Thomas Global CEO, Angus Hutchinson says. “Introducing a plug-and-play LCD solution for the 737 Classic provides operators with a high-performance, cost-effective solution to the obsolescence and maintenance issues associated with CRTs.”
Thomas Global says the TFD-7000 series displays “offer a lighter, more reliable, and lower lifecycle cost replacement for legacy CRTs, with added functionality and capacity for current and emerging airspace requirements.” It is a plug-and-play design for cost-effective installation that can be accomplished on overnights or at the gate, with no flight or maintenance crew retraining required.
The TFD-7076/7066 plug-and-play LCD solutions replace legacy Rockwell Collins EDU-776/766 CRT displays currently installed on Boeing 737 Classic, 757 and 767 flight decks. The TFD-7076/7066 LCDs are both interchangeable and intermixable with the existing legacy EDU-776/766 CRT displays and are fully compatible with the EFIP-701D/E Boeing symbol generators.