SYDNEY, Australia, 2 Dec. 2015. Saab AB engineers in Stockholm, Sweden, sought a plug-and-play LCD replacement for aging CRT displays in corporate and regional aircraft, including the Saab 340. They found their solution at Thomas Global Systems, an aviation and defense electronics group in Australia, with the company’s TFD-8601 LCD cockpit display.
“The TFD-8601 offers Saab 340 operators a long term, cost effective, cockpit display solution that drives down avionics maintenance costs, downtime and obsolescence issues, while also providing a cost-effective growth path for other cockpit upgrades,” explains Malin Svahn, general manager of Saab Regional Aircraft. “Issuance of the Service Bulletin by Saab ensures the opportunity for all operators to maintain fleet commonality across the global Saab 340 fleet.”
Under a new agreement, Saab will issue a Service Bulletin providing for installation of the TFD-8601 in Saab 340 aircraft, recognizing the benefits the new product brings to aircraft operators, owners, and lessors. Thomas Global and Saab will cooperate closely in the marketing of the TFD-8601 to the global Saab 340 fleet.
With Thomas Global’s TFD-8601 display, CRT obsolescence risk is eliminated, allowing operators to get the most out of their existing airframe investment and avoid costly full cockpit upgrades, officials say. The TFD-8601 requires no changes to existing cockpit panels or wiring and features Thomas Global’s proprietary Thomas ADA 2.0 Adaptive Display Architecture, which incorporates a growth path for additional functionality. The TFD-8601 is already installed in aircraft operated by Regional Express, the world’s largest Saab 340 operator.
“We are pleased to be working with Saab to extend the benefits of our growing range of drop-in CRT-to-LCD display products to Saab 340 operators,” says Angus Hutchinson, CEO of Thomas Global Systems. “As the original aircraft manufacturer, Saab has a deep understanding of long term fleet needs so we are pleased to have Saab’s close cooperation with the integration of this solution. Thomas Global has a strong, long-standing relationship with Saab and we are pleased to build on that solid foundation with this latest contract.”
Thomas Global Systems designs, produces, and supports electronic systems solutions for aerospace and defense applications. Thomas Global delivers expertise in mission systems, flight deck avionics, training & simulation, and display technology supported by dedicated service and support teams operating around the world. Thomas Global’s offices and facilities are located in Sydney, Australia, and Irvine, California.
Saab serves the global market with products, services, and solutions within military defense and civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents around the world. Saab develops, adopts, and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.
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