Australia-based Thomas Global Systems has recently launched the TFD-4100, its newest drop-in CRT to LCD upgrade for legacy Collins Aerospace EFD-4077 Pro Line 4 equipped flight decks. The TFD-4100 follows the TFD-4000 LCD upgrade, introduced in March 2020 for Bombardier CRJ Series Pro Line 4 flight decks, and is currently nearing certification.
The TFD-4100 LCD flight display leverages high-performance AMLCD technology, a proven analogue-to-digital (A-D) software core, and seamless integration of LCD components into the EFD-4077 to deliver brighter, clearer imaging and expanded display area for added symbology, as well as dramatic reliability and life cycle cost improvements. A true plug-and-play solution, it captures all the benefits of LCD technology without a major flight deck modification and associated aircraft installation, downtime and crew retraining costs, delivering practical and efficient resolution to critical obsolescence of the EFD-4077 CRT display.
The TFD-4100 LCD flight display replaces EFD-4077 CRT displays currently installed in a range of business aircraft with Pro Line 4 avionics, including Bombardier Challenger 604, Dassault Falcon 50EX/2000/2000EX, Gulfstream G100/G200, Learjet 60, Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP types. The TFD-4100 is fully compatible with existing EFD-4077 Pro Line 4 architecture and Built-In Test Equipment (BITE), is interchangeable and intermixable with EFD-4077 CRT displays and does not affect original equipment manufacturer display software Service Bulletins.
“The TFD-4100 LCD flight display is a key element of Thomas Global's commitment to the long-term support of Pro Line 4 flight deck operators,” says president and COO David Barnes. “With EFD-4077 production and OEM support coming to an end, the TFD-4100 helps operators get the most from their existing investment by improving performance at a lower life cycle cost, providing a growth path for new functionality and ensuring continued reliable product support.”
The TFD-4100 display for EFD-4077 Pro Line 4 equipped aircraft is the sixth in the Thomas Global product family of drop-in CRT-to-LCD replacement solutions, including the TFD-7076/-77, TFD-8601 and EFI-650 LCD flight displays currently operating on commercial, regional and business aircraft worldwide. The TFD-4000 for Bombardier CRJ series aircraft is in final development, with certification planned for Q1 2022, and TFD-4100 certification to follow in early 2023.