MILWAUKEE. Engineers sought a supplemental tactical air navigation tool for Boeing’s Special Purpose 777-300ER airplane. They found their solution at Astronautics Corp. of America in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, opting to use Astronautics’ AFI 3300 three-inch flight instrument with a bearing distance heading indicator (BDHI).
The AFI 3300, a low-power, low-heat, passively cooled display, is highly reliable with a mean time between failure (MTBF) rate of greater than 10,000 hours, officials say. It also features a 300 x 300-pixel liquid crystal display (LCD) that is dimmable and sunlight-readable, and will include an ARINC 429 digital information transfer system. This certified BDHI application is a great addition to Astronautics’ AFI 3300 family of displays, which offers state-of-the-art performance with embedded processing, graphics generation, and interface circuitry, and is certified to DO-160G.
Astronautics, given its extensive display product history and BDHI systems experience, will be able to deliver a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Technical Standard Order-authorized product to Boeing in less than 12 months, officials add.
“Astronautics’ proven certification and display experience allows us to deliver a superior product quickly and at a significant cost savings,” says Astronautics Program Manager Matt Frei.
Astronautics Corporation of America, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a global leader in the design, development, and manufacture of avionics equipment and systems for the commercial and military aerospace industry. Key product areas include electronic primary flight displays, engine displays, mission computers, electronic flight bags, and certified servers for airborne applications. Services include system integration and custom software for critical applications.
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