Aircraft LCD Monitors

This pertains to both VIP IFE (source: VHS players) and Military and Special Mission customers (source: FLIR cameras).

We can display your PAL 4:3 video output on our LCD monitors in a variety of settings.

  1. Stretch the image to maximize the screen area used while maintaining the correct aspect ratio. (BLACK BARS ALONG ALL 4 SIDES)
  2. Display the input image coming in 1:1. (BLACK BARS ALONG ALL 4 SIDES)
  3. Stretch the image horizontally across the entire screen. (BLACK BARS ALONG TOP AND BOTTOM)
  4. Allow the monitor to automatically zoom/stretch based on the source image. (BLACK BARS ALONG TOP AND BOTTOM)

  1. Tie the Y-positive with the C-positive.
  2. Tie the Y-negative with the C-negative.
  3. Use the positive side of the connectors to go to the center conductor of the Composite video.
  4. Use the two lows (C-low and Y-low) to the return video.

For example: Referencing the Installation Manual for the 26-inch LCD, you would tie pins 5 and 7 together (these are the highs), and then also tie pins 6 and 8 (these are the lows).

Please note that in doing this, the monitor resolution may look grainy or over-pixelated because it is too sharp. To fix this, simply go into the on-screen monitor menu and reduce the sharpness down to your preferred level.


Most of our installing dealers prefer to mate an ECS HDMI cable with our pigtail coming from the monitor.

We have a bracket on all our HDMI-equipped source equipment. This bracket will interface with HDMI to allow zip ties to be used to secure the cables.

Using two zip ties, the dealer will criss cross the two in order to secure the connectors together. Despite the unorthodox method, creating this crossing lock has proven very sturdy for our customers.


Our standard cable length is nine (9) feet.

We also make a longer cable which is fifteen (15) feet on custom order for an extra charge.

The part number for the longer cable is 620-00002-15.


The standard versions of our 5″ LCD have 2x Composite and 1x VGA inputs.

DVI is available on certain models for an additional fee; contact your sales representative for more information.


  1. Press Menu button (menu should be present on the screen)
  2. Press Select button to scroll to “Utilities” (Utilities should be highlighted)
  3. Press Menu button to highlight sub menu
  4. Press Select button to scroll to “reset” (reset line should be highlighted)
  5. Press the Down button to reset
  6. Reset complete

Our Flippers manufactured today are specified top or bottom for mounting and picture orientation. So it is not possible to invert the screen image.

Previously, our Flippers did have an invert feature in the menu setting.

  • If your source selection says, “CVBS1” or “CVBS2” when you press the source selector button (you may have only one source but the information is still the same) then you will not have an invert feature.
  • If your source selection says, “Composite” or “SVideo” or “RGB” when you press the source selector button then you may have the feature in your menu setting (look for invert or flip.)

In many cases, yes, you can disable the other video sources. So the passenger does not have to scroll through multiple blank video inputs to select their own.

Please contact us for instructions on how to disable the other video input sources from the on-screen menu.


This noise is best handled by a video isolation transformer.

Deerfield Laboratories manufactures a filter for use on AC airplanes, part number 162-1. The cost of the filter is about $100. For more information, call Deerfield at 650-632-4090.


Any video source quality starts to diminish after it is split or travels a long distance. If you are feeding two or more monitors, then you will need a signal amplifier. This will guarantee a high quality presentation for all of the passengers.


Yes. A hex bolt-spacer is supplied on the pigtail. The connector will screw into these threads.

You will be supplied with a ship-kit to connect to the monitor that includes the following:

  • High density, D-sub, 15 contact receptacle (female) P/N 748565-1
  • HD15F pins P/N M39029/57-354
  • D-sub, 9 contact receptacle (female) P/N 205203-1
  • DB9F pins P/N M39029/63-368

The high density, D-sub, 15 contact receptacle (female) and the D-sub, 9 contact receptacle (female) are supplied with short screws.


Native Resolution is the exact number of dots on the physical screen. If the “Native Resolution” is 1280 x 768, the screen is physically 1280 dots wide and 768 dots tall. Supported Resolution is the number of dots a monitor can emulate electronically. The monitor may accept 1980 x 1200 as a “Supported Resolution”, but the image will only be as good as the “Native Resolution.”


We have had two LCD monitors tested for rapid decompression, a FD215-CV-C-1 22″ monitor and a FD151CV-CR-P 15″ monitor. Both displays passed the decompression test and were operational after completion. Please contact us if you would like copies of these reports.

Our LCD monitors consist in part of a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) and a polycarbonate protective sheet which is secured to the LCD with an open cell foam gasket. There is no gas introduced or maintained between the LCD and the polycarbonate. The majority of our LCD monitors have similar construction using the same cold-cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) technology.

Flight Display Systems does not have any testing on what, if anything, is released during a decompression event where there is a failure.


Many of the manuals for our Special Mission application products are not listed on our website as we make frequent customizations to the base model based on customer requirements.