FDS Selected Exhibit at 2015 Textron Customer Conference

Last week FDS Avionics met face to face with owners and operators of Cessna, Beechcraft, and Hawker aircraft. The 2015 Textron Customer Conference was held in Wichita, Kansas. Only a select few vendors were invited to spend a few days with friends and customers of the Textron brands. Regional Sales Managers John Berizzi and Steve Lord had a great time demonstrating the latest generation JetJukebox to enthusiastic attendees. John and Steve also shared our Smart Cabin Management System.

The annual Customer Conference is the perfect place to share ideas and get feedback from both Textron personnel and operators. By participating in this event with Textron, we strengthen our product support and services.

About the 2015 Textron Customer Conference

Whether you’re awaiting delivery of your first aircraft or a long time customer, this year’s Customer Conference is designed for you. Prepare to enjoy the flexibility of choosing customized content relevant to your own personal experience, all in a relaxing and social environment. Connect with key experts • Network and build relationships with fellow owners • Attend technical sessions • Participate in special interest seminars • Take a tour of the facility. The choice is yours!

2015 Trade Show Schedule

FDS Avionics will take part in the following trade shows this year.

2015 Trade Show Schedule

NBAA Maintenance Management Conference — Booth 520
May 5–7, 2015
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, OR


EBACE — Booth H101
May 19-21, 2015
Palexpo Center
Geneva, Switzerland


SOFIC — Booth 2242
May 19-21, 2015
Tampa Bay Convention Center
Tampa, Florida


NBAA Regional
June 25, 2015
Teterboro Airport
New Jersey


NBAA Regional
September 17, 2015
St. Louis Downtown Airport
Missouri


NBAA
November 17-19, 2015
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, Nevada

John Berizzi Speaks to the SoCal Pro Aviation Maintenance Association

Tuesday, April 14, John Berizzi speaks to the Southern California Professional Aviation Maintenance Association about Cabin Management Systems and In-flight Entertainment. John is the Regional Sales Manager for the Southern United States, Central and South America.

Location
94th Aero Squadron Restaurant, Van Nuys Airport
16320 Raymer Street, Van Nuys, CA 91406
Rickenbacker Room (downstairs)
5:30 Social Hour, 6:30 Dinner/Meeting

Members, Guests, Aviation Students, Maintenance Instructors,
Friends & Scholarship Raffle Prize Donations – All Welcome!

2015 AEA International Convention & Trade Show

We are incredibly excited about the 2015 AEA International Convention. Our team will descend on Dallas ready to share everything that’s new with FDS Avionics.

First look at the new FDS AEA Booth

First look at the new FDS AEA Booth

Cabin Management Systems demo area

Cabin Management Systems demo area

FDS AEA 2015 Booth

FDS AEA 2015 Booth

FDS AEA 2015 Booth side view

FDS AEA 2015 Booth side view

FDS AEA Booth inside counter area

FDS AEA Booth inside counter area

The sales team at AEA 2015

The sales team at AEA 2015

2015 AEA Trade Show booth

2015 AEA Trade Show booth

Another view of the CMS demo area at AEA 2015

Another view of the CMS demo area at AEA 2015

2015 AEA trade show booth

2015 AEA trade show booth

AEA 2015 Java Jumpstart

AEA 2015 Java Jumpstart

AEA 2015 Java Jumpstart

AEA 2015 Java Jumpstart

The FDS JetJukebox being demonstrated in the ICG booth.

The FDS JetJukebox being demonstrated in the ICG booth.

Here’s what you can expect:

New partnership initiatives. We’re ready to work with you to expand your product offerings and increase your business. We are developing great tools to help your team make more CMS and IFE sales.

Big changes to our Smart Cabin CMS and JetJukebox. From sleek new interface graphics to upgraded components, we have much to share. Come by and take a look.

An in-depth session on Wireless IFE and CMS. Learn about powerful IFE and CMS solutions that will take your projects to the next level. Friday, April 10, at 9 a.m. in Austin 6.

We’re buying the coffee on Thursday morning at the Java Jumpstart in room Grapevine C. The FDS Team will be available to tell you more about the new FDS.

We’re having a social hour on Thursday afternoon in Booth 733. Come by at 3 p.m. and enjoy a beverage (or two)

We can’t wait to spend the week with our friends and colleagues. Please stop by Booth 733 and see us.

FDS Avionics Drives Excellence with New Quality Assurance Manager

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Alison Dominguez to the newly created position of Quality Assurance Manager. She will be heading our Quality Department, and will be responsible for supporting internal and external product and process quality, internal auditing, internal continuous improvement, interaction with customers and vendors, and compliance with customer programs. She will lead efforts to work closely with partners to consistently achieve outstanding business and mission results.

Alison brings more than twenty-five years of aerospace industry experience specializing in FAA/EASA regulatory compliance, Voice of Customer programs, Quality System implementation and management, Business Development and Export Compliance. Throughout her career, Alison has served in many capacities including Director of Quality for international aerospace companies as well as Export Compliance Officer, Safety Director, Lean Processing Manager, FAA 145 Repairman and Repair Station Chief Inspector.  Alison is extremely committed to quality products and services, overall customer satisfaction, and most importantly to flight safety.

Mrs. Dominguez will spearhead FDS’ commitment to customer service excellence. This includes ongoing efforts internally to implement process improvement and quality control measures for more consistent, higher quality product and service delivery.

2015 HAI Heli-Expo

FDS, the industry leader in innovative cockpit and cabin displays, will be on hand at the 2015 HAI Heli-Expo March 2-5. Our team will be in Booth 4021. This year’s Expo is being held in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

heli-expo-2015-floorplan

At this year’s Expo, the FDS team will showcase a line of cockpit displays that are engineered to be mounted where little room is available. Rugged LCD displays are 5″, 7″, and 10″. Displays can be mounted with hinged Flippers or articulated arms. Custom mounting solutions can be engineered.

FDS engineers rugged displays and video systems for military and special mission projects. Additionally, FDS designs cabin management systems for VIP and business aircraft. Smart Cabin CMS transforms the aircraft cabin into a virtual office or living room. The company also manufactures in-flight entertainment components including high-definition displays and a wireless media streamer.

Flight Display Systems Acquired

To Our Valued Customers,

Today, I am pleased to announce that Flight Display Systems has been acquired by Harbert Private Equity Fund III. As the new Chief Executive Officer, I am extremely excited about what this means for our business, our customers, and our partners. We can’t wait to share our plans with you.

Flight Display Systems has been at the forefront of innovation in the cabin technology sector since 2000. We have grown considerably since then. I know that this investment will build on that legacy and strengthen our position as a customer-centric provider of premium aircraft electronics. This acquisition will fuel continued growth, expand engineering and production capabilities, and further enhance partner relationships.

  • All products and services are being maintained and supported. We are excited about our product development roadmap, which will be further enhanced by this new investment.
  • As we move forward, we will continue to engage with you to understand how we can help you serve your customers and grow your business. We will inform you as new products and services are developed and deployed.
  • More than ever, we will be pioneers in new technologies for cabin management, in-flight entertainment, and military/special mission solutions.
  • We are committed to this business and invested in its success. We expect to build a best-in-class organization, delivering meaningful value to our strategic partners.

We encourage your feedback as we continue to evolve, and if you have questions or comments please don’t hesitate to contact your Regional Sales Manager. Our goal throughout the process is to provide you with the best products and the highest service level possible.

In closing, we believe we are even better positioned to serve your evolving needs. Providing outstanding customer service has always been and will continue to be our number one priority.

Thank you,

Reed Macdonald
Chief Executive Officer

 

FDS Avionics Corp. is a portfolio investment of Harbert Private Equity Partners (“HPEP”).  HPEP is sponsored by Harbert Management Corporation, a privately-owned alternative asset management firm with more than $4 billion under management across nine distinct asset classes.

Cabin Management for Sukhoi Business Jet

At the opening ceremony of the ninth edition of JetExpo, Vnukovo-3 President Vitaly Vantsev announced that the Sukhoi Business Jet would be represented on the static display. Here’s a video of the Sukhoi Business Jet, presenting an overview of its features and capabilities. Our Smart Cabin CMS is an integral part of this beautiful cabin interior.

Flight Display Systems Moving Map goes to Iceland

Years ago we installed the Flight Display Systems Worldwide Moving Map on our Pilatus. Finally had a chance to test fly its worldwide capabilities on our trip to Iceland, Switzerland, and Spain. The Moving Map performed flawlessly. We’ve trusted Flight Display products for 15 years and value our relationship. They know their stuff.

Dick Foreman
Richard A. Foreman Associates