ORLANDO, Fla., 25 Oct. 2008. Barco announced this month that it is experiencing a growing order intake for its large-screen KDU flight displays for business aviation.
The KDU line is a dedicated display solution specifically designed for integration into the Honeywell Primus Apex flight deck. In order to meet the growing demand for this cockpit, Barco officials say they have decided to step up the production capacity of its KDU displays for avionics.
This year, Barco schedules a total production of six hundred units. By 2010, this figure should have climbed to one thousand displays a year, company officials say.
Barco made the announcement earlier this month at the NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention in Orlando, Fla.
To date, Barco's KDU flight units had been selected for a variety of business jet platforms, such as the Pilatus PC-12E turboprop airframe. Under several new contract wins for the Primus Apex system, Honeywell will now also integrate the large-screen displays cockpits aboard the Spectrum S-40 Freedom, the Harbin Y12, and Viking Twin Otter aircraft. The state-of-the-art flight deck, each featuring four displays, will equip these platforms with enhanced functionality, including advanced auto-flight control, graphical flight planning, paperless charts and maps, keypad data entry, and cursor control device graphical interface technology.
The KDU display family consists of a 10-inch KDU-1080 version and a 15-inch'KDU-1500 model. Both provide pilots with sunlight-readable images and a wide viewing angle to enable optimum cross-cockpit legibility under all lighting conditions. Thanks to their large screen surface and high-resolution, the displays bring larger views and improved situational awareness to the cockpit, Barco officials say.