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Cobham Avionics Announces Large-Format Flight Display

22nd May 2009 - 08:59 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Cobham Avionics has unveiled its long-awaited large-format integrated flight display at the Army’s Quad-A Annual Convention in Nashville, TN.

The six-by-eight inch portrait display, called the IDU-680P, is an extension of the certified IDU-450 four-by-five inch landscape display currently featured in the US Navy TH-57 cockpit modernization program and helicopter OEM applications.

Engineered to satisfy extreme helicopter environmental operating requirements, the IDU-680 provides more screen area with less weight and forms the core of the Cobham Cockpit solution for civil and special-mission helicopters and airplanes.

Like the IDU-450, the IDU-680P features integrated helicopter and fixed-wing TAWS (Terrain Awareness and Warning System), night-vision goggle compatibility, integrated GPS and FMS (Flight Management System), and on-board digital flight recording. It also shares the IDU-450’s unique synthetic vision primary flight display for airplanes and helicopters, highway-in-the sky navigation, hover vector symbology, and a wide range of engine display and master caution system options. Like all Cobham Avionics flight displays, the software is DO-178B, Level-A.

The IDU-680 can accept a variety of sensor inputs including Cobham’s integrated or remotemount, one-pound ADAHRS (Air Data / Attitude / Heading Reference System) and GPS-WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) receiver. The display also supports up to five RS-170 video inputs as well as TCAS-I / II and ADS-B traffic systems. The IDU-680 will be available in both FAA-certified and MIL-STD versions.

“Cobham Avionics is delighted to now offer the features of our proven IDU-450 in a large-format display,” says Vice President Mike Sheehan. “The IDU-680 will meet customer demand for our proven, innovative software and robust hardware in a larger format.”

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