Jet Aviation develops EASA STC for Honeywell DU-870 cockpit display LCD unit
Jet Aviation has developed a supplemental type certificate (STC) to update, in partnership with Honeywell, soon-to-be obsolete cockpit displays DU-870 with more modern DU-875 LCD units.
The partnership will provide a trade-in credit for each DU-870 replaced with a DU-875 before 2018. The STC permits displays to be replaced one at a time or all at once.
“Jet Aviation has completed an EASA supplemental type certificate for this off-the-shelf, certified solution that provides the latest, modern liquid crystal display aircraft avionics to replace the old cathode ray tube units in Falcon and Cessna aircraft.”
Samuel Nemoz, manager of direct sales for Jet Aviation in Basel, said: “Jet Aviation has completed an EASA supplemental type certificate for this off-the-shelf, certified solution that provides the latest, modern liquid crystal display aircraft avionics to replace the old cathode ray tube units in Falcon and Cessna aircraft.
“Installing the Honeywell Primus Elite DU-875 Display Upgrade extends the life of owners’ current aircraft while upgrading their avionics suite, improving reliability, and enabling future growth and additional features.”
Klaus Boehmer of Jet Aviation avionics sales said: “The DU-875 units can be installed quickly and easily in the DU-870 tray without having to make any wiring changes. The LCD units also permit replacement of flight-deck displays one at a time for an economical solution or many displays at the same time if you wish to limit downtime.”
Cathod ray tube units face obsolescence in the near future because repairs to them will not be possible after the end of the year. That will require owners to replace them with liquid crystal display units if they plan to sell the aircraft on the open market.
Boehmer said the DU-875 LCD upgrade secures the future of the aircraft for ten to 15 years and increases resale value. The upgrade does not require additional pilot training or other cockpit modifications. It can be performed at any Jet Aviation maintenance location worldwide with minimal downtime.