Sydney company wins innovation award at Avalon

Media release | 1 March 2017

Regents Park advanced manufacturing company Thomas Global Systems today won a prestigious innovation award at the Avalon International Airshow in Victoria.

NSW Defence Advocate Air Marshal (Ret) John Harvey AM said the SME Innovation Grant for Civil was awarded to the company at the 2017 Aerospace Australia Limited Industry Innovation Awards.

Thomas Global Systems was recognised for its TFD-8601 Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) - an active matrix liquid crystal display (AMLCD) cockpit display to replace ageing cathode ray tube (CRT) cockpit display systems in airplanes.

“The TFD-8601 is a game changing ‘plug and play’ AMLCD aircraft cockpit display that replaces legacy cathode ray tube electronic flight instrument systems on a range of regional and corporate aircraft including Saab 340B, Embraer EMB 120, Dassault Falcon 20/50, Hawker 800 and others,” Air Marshal (Ret) Harvey said.

“This new system is being exported around the world to upgrade aircraft cockpits and help them remain compliant with airworthiness requirements. Congratulations to Thomas Global Systems, a NSW pioneer in innovative electronic systems solutions for aerospace and defence.”

Thomas Global Systems CEO Angus Hutchinson said: “Operators can install the TFD-8601 AMLCD displays almost instantly with no changes needed to cockpit panels or wiring or crew retraining. This new system uses less power, generates less heat, is nearly 50% lighter, costs less to operate and increases system reliability.”

The NSW Government is exhibiting at Avalon from 28 February to 5 March to promote the state’s aerospace and defence capabilities. Other NSW companies shortlisted for innovation awards included:

  • Zone Products Australia of Castle Hill for its security management platform the Arbitor™
  • SynFlyt Pty Limited of Banksmeadow for its world’s first re-locatable outdoors flight simulator
  • Australian Aerospace Engineering Pty Limited of Albury for its mission specific helicopter rotor blades
  • Simulator Solutions Pty Limited of Gladesville for its software to connect aircraft parts with flight simulators
  • Kinexus recruitment company of Sydney for a joint initiative to grow and enhance Defence industry capability including a mentoring program for female engineers and project managers.

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