Innovation award for Sydney defence business

3 March 2017

Ian Honnery CEO of Aerospace Australia limited with Angus Hutchinson CEO of Thomas Glovbal Systems at the Avalon Air Show

A new aircraft cockpit display developed by a Sydney company has received a prestigious innovation award at the Avalon International Airshow in Victoria.

Receiving the SME Innovation Grant for Civil at the 2017 Aerospace Australia Limited Industry Innovation Awards, Thomas Global Systems was recognised for its TFD-8601 Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS).

It is an active matrix liquid crystal display (AMLCD) cockpit display which replaces ageing cathode ray tube (CRT) cockpit display systems in airplanes.

The TFD-8601 AMLCD

  • displays almost instantly with no changes needed to cockpit panels or wiring or crew retraining
  • uses less power, generates less heat, is nearly 50% lighter, costs less to operate and increases system reliability.
  • is being exported around the world to upgrade aircraft cockpits and help them remain compliant with airworthiness requirements.

Avalon International AirShow is on until 5 March 2017.

Read the media release to find out more about the awards.

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