Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics, a technology company and manufacturer of aerospace products, has introduced a first-of-its-kind custom function display (CFD). The Flex MD23 Series features a customisable configuration (inputs and outputs), user interface and graphics, enabling it to function as a custom display, controller and data converter.
“This is next-level glass technology for creative avionics solutions,” says Matthew Harrah, senior VP of technology and products. “We set out to improve systems integration and effectively eliminated the complex and costly product development process for aircraft manufacturers and fleet upgrades.”
True to its name, the flexible two-inch digital instrument can be customised to receive and display ARINC 429, analogue, discrete, frequency, temperature, absolute and differential pressure data to meet the requirements of the pilot, engineer or mission.
“Flex should not be confused with a multi-function display. It is designed and certified to a much higher level,” explains Brett Williams, VP of engineering. “Flex is a two-part solution: the base hardware and software are fixed, while the configuration and digital display are flexible. Each unit is customised through a unique code, specific to the application.”
Flex offers the convenience of a certified COTS (commercial-off-the-shelf) product with the custom flexibility of a build-your-own instrument. It delivers new data to the cockpit or can be a modern and enhanced replacement for legacy gauges. Applications are virtually limitless and examples include: radar altimeter display; GPS clock; altimeter; cabin pressure indicator and controller; autopilot controller; angle of attack indicator; master caution annunciator; fuel management display; airspeed indicator; vertical speed indicator; data converter; ARINC combiner; single/dual/triple tachometer; volt/ammeter; flap indicator; landing gear indicator; engine data indicator; and an air data computer.
Flex is a panel-mounted instrument, available with optional quick-disconnect pitot/static inputs. It carries multiple Technical Standard Order (TSO) certifications and is qualified to RTCA DO-178C, Design Assurance Level A. Flex offers convenient, field-upgradeable software through a standard USB-A port. The LCD display features daylight readable, high-definition graphics with a single, push-and-turn control knob providing an intuitive user interface.