FDS and ICG Collaborate on an Enhanced Wireless In-flight Entertainment Solution

Integrated system combines ICG eRouter with FDS JetJukebox for greater capacity and flexibility

Dallas, Texas–April 10, 2015 — ICG (International Communications Group, Inc.) and FDS Avionics have announced an enhanced in-flight entertainment solution for business aircraft that combines ICG’s powerful eRouter with FDS’s next generation JetJukebox wireless media streaming device. The integrated system will provide passengers with the ability to easily share a variety of content choices, experience exceptional audio quality and video resolution, and take full advantage of their personal devices.

“We are always pleased when we are able to match our products with our industry partners to meet the ever growing demand for reliable in-flight entertainment,” noted Tim Rayl, ICG’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The first installations of this integrated solution were a huge success and we look forward to providing more customers with the same user experience.”

“This collaboration represents the next step in our continuing effort to provide our customers with the most advanced, affordable, and capable IFE systems on the market,” said Reed Macdonald, CEO of FDS Avionics. “We’re extremely pleased to be working with the company that has established such an outstanding reputation as the industry leader in the development of scalable voice and data routing products.”

ICG’s eRouter offers many features found in a typical corporate office networks. Designed specifically to meet aviation standards and requirements, it provides routing capabilities for cabin connectivity for personal electronic devices and can be configured to offer enhanced features such as data transfer using acceleration and compression software. It can even provide access for multiple Local Area Network clients, as well as Wide Area Network connectivity to multiple communications networks such as GSM, Inmarsat, SBB, Ka/Ku, Iridium and other networks.

The JetJukebox wireless media streamer opens a wealth of entertainment and productivity possibilities. It connects to the eRouter and streams movies, music, and more to as many as eight tablets, smart phones, or computers. It supports iOS, Android, or Windows. Content can include video, audio, photos, or productivity files like PowerPoint. JetJukebox does not require an expensive internet connection to stream. Files are stored on a fast, solid-state drive. JetJukebox also includes a High-resolution Worldwide Moving Map which includes flight position, speed, altitude, time to arrival, and more. Additional information on JetJukebox can be obtained by visiting exhibit space 733 the AEA Convention.

About ICG (AEA Booth # 119)
ICG, of Newport News, Va. is a recognized leader within the aerospace industry, in the development and manufacture of aeronautical communications systems and data routing solutions for the General Aviation and Air Transport industries. ICG’s products provide satellite-based global voice and data telecommunications services for both cabin requirements and flight deck operations. Implementation of ICG avionics provides a comprehensive communications solution that can be customized for any size airframe or application. Products include: CTU systems, corded and cordless handsets, single- and multi-channel Iridium systems and data management devices. Markets for ICG products are the aerospace, military and maritime industries. ICG, a major Iridium value-added manufacturer (VAM) and value-added reseller (VAR), has developed a wide range of Iridium-based solutions and products for mobile satellite communications applications. ICG is an approved FAA manufacturing facility and operates an FAA approved repair station.

About FDS Avionics (AEA Booth # 733)
FDS designs and manufactures innovative cabin management and in-flight entertainment technologies that enable mobile VIPs to easily collaborate and share information in a simple, intuitive way. FDS also engineers rugged audio/video technology for military and special mission applications. FDS is an approved FAA manufacturing facility and operates an FAA approved repair station.

NBAA 2014 in Orlando

Come by Flight Display Systems Booth 2008, get a demo of our new products, and we’ll give you an incredible pair of FlyHD Audio Ear Buds. October 21-23, 2014 in Orlando, FL.

We have some exciting new products to see this year.

Ultra High-Definition Displays
Brilliant 24” and 39” Fly HD cabin monitors that can display a billion colors and a resolution of 3480 pixels by 2160 pixels.

Smart Cabin Bridge CMS Program
Replacing a defective and unsupported Baker cabin controller doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Our solution gets you up and running fast with better technology and an easy path to a more cost-effective cabin management solution.

Next Generation JetJukebox
Our flagship wireless media streamer has added cabin management functions and the ability to stream to a bulkhead display. Storage capacity increased to one terabyte. We’ve improved the Moving Map resolution by a factor of five.

5X Higher Resolution Moving Map
Our Worldwide Moving Map has five times the resolution. Passengers can better see ground details. It’s amazing.

Please stop by the Flight Display Systems Booth 2008 to see these products and more.

About NBAA
Join NBAA for the Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014) – the world’s largest and most important business aviation event. Ranked as the fourth largest tradeshow in the U.S., NBAA2014 will feature over 1,000 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services in the industry, nearly 100 side-by-side business aircraft at the static display, opportunities to network with 25,000 business aviation professionals and dozens of education sessions to ensure you are operating as safely and efficiently as possible.

Military/Special Mission Focus – field-tested LCD monitors

We build high-tech special ops video equipment for aircraft, such as: LCD monitors, aircraft computers, and high-definition video splitters and amplifiers. When you think of HD video and special mission and special ops, think Flight Display Systems. Each of our products is designed, engineered and built by a small, but growing, team of enthusiasts. Our employees are unwavering in their quest for quality and results.

Flight Display Systems creates the finest aircraft cabin electronics in the world. We grow by providing the best customer experience and dealer support anywhere.

Rugged, field-tested LCD monitors
Space is at a premium in most aircraft cockpits. Flight Display Systems has developed an entire line of rugged, field-tested LCD monitors that can be easily retrofitted into small areas. Using precision engineered flip brackets (flippers) or arm mounts, the displays can easily be installed alongside existing instrumentation. Custom configurations are also possible through our knowledgeable in-house engineering team.

Night vision enabled screens
Toggling a switch on the monitor faceplate changes the display back-lighting to a night vision-compatible mode. Otherwise, bright colors such as red, white and yellow can cause the auto-gain feature of night vision equipment to protect the system by reducing the level of light intensification. This reduction in gain leads to diminished visual acuity for the user. Colors used in display modes not optimized for night vision goggles can also create increased glare and reflection.

High-bright compatible displays
Because most ‘off-the-shelf’ LCDs don’t operate efficiently in direct sunlight, Flight Display Systems’ high-bright displays are engineered to operate in extreme ambient light conditions. These are especially good for helicopter operators.

High-definition widescreen monitors
High-definition widescreen monitors allow for more content to be displayed in a smaller space. Replacing outdated CRT displays and tiny LCD monitors offers a tactical advantage when making life and death decisions. To simplify planning and installation, Flight Display Systems has created Fly HD, an end-to-end system comprised of source equipment, backbone architecture and displays optimized for high-definition.

Bezel keys for added functionality
Bezel keys are typically used to send one or more characters to a military aircraft computer running advanced software applications. Users can assign up to 20 characters to each bezel key and decide where on the LCD monitor they would like the bezel keys installed. Customers can also request that a USB port be included on the monitor faceplate.

Avionics support and service
Our focus is on customer service. It isn’t something we do. It’s part of who we are. After all, customers are the most important part of our business. They aren’t dependent on us, but we are dependent on them. We are consistently rated #1 for avionics support and service by leading industry journals.

What is a Cabin Management System?

In today’s mobile connected world, business can’t stop in mid-flight. Passengers demand the same comforts in the air as they do at home or the office and Fight Display Systems listened. Our Smart Cabin cabin management system provides integrated entertainment, climate, and information controls at passenger fingertips. The Smart Cabin CMS puts all aspects of a flight experience in the palm of each passenger’s hands. Applying smart technology found in first-class commercial transportation, the Smart Cabin cabin management system delivers the following customizable features:

  • Full Virtual Office: Connect productivity files as though you were sitting behind your desk 40,000 feet above Earth. Sync and charge mobile devices and laptops to capitalize on business efficiency from within your cabin.
  • Entertainment: Control DVD/CD/MPS players from the comfort of your seat. Use your Apple iPad, iPhone, or iPod to enjoy portable content in-flight. Control lights and galley equipment from any Android tablet. Watch Blu-ray movies in Full HD. Link into interactive flight maps, instant news, sports and weather. Follow the global markets in real-time and never lose sight of an investment opportunity.
  • Cabin Environment: With the swipe of a fingertip all cabin amenities become interactive and personalized. Lights, shades and audio/visual sources can be customized to fit specific moods. Control individual seat environments through limitless climate and entertainment selections from one touchscreen interface.


Through modern cabin management system technology, passengers access the same luxuries found on large-scale commercial aircraft but in an intimate personalized setting. Smart Cabin CMS is relatively easy to install and user-friendly. Each touchscreen module is equipped with intuitive screens and menus. Smart Cabin CMS comes with award-winning customer support features. Flight Display Systems has been recognized as a top provider in the annual AIN customer service survey.

Cabin management technology has innovated the way passengers maximize flight time. With superior features, Flight Display Systems cabin management platform provides a unique blend of convenience and functionality. Given the technological evolution aircrafts have experienced over the last decade, the Smart Cabin cabin management system upgrades and scales to accommodate future hi-tech breakthroughs. It is our top priority to bring customers cutting edge options that are simple and streamlined. At Flight Display Systems, we want to create a productive wireless environment right in your aircraft.

Our Dual Aircraft USB Charger Wins STC Approval

ALPHARETTA, Georgia  — Flight Display Systems is pleased to announce a new Dual Aircraft USB Charger (FDPWRU28-2), which has received FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval. The Dual USB Charger provides 5.2V DC for full power and fast charging capability to carry-on devices such as media players, smart phones, tablets, and other personal electronics. What makes this USB Charger unique is that it features an internal fan for cool operation. Keeping the component cool means that it will provide a consistent power supply to the charging device(s). This new model also has a 2-pin Molex connector, which is easier to install.

Dual USB Charger - FDPWRU28-2

This is such a simple item, but very important. It offers convenience to passengers by letting them arrive with their devices fully charged.

Personal electronic devices can be used in flight, while they charge. The Dual USB Charger is compatible with the latest Apple, Android, and Windows personal electronic devices. It converts standard aircraft 28V to 5.2V. It works well in the cockpit or the cabin. The Dual USB adapter does not provide data communication or syncing, only power.

Spec sheets and manuals for the Dual USB Charger can be found here.

AEA 2014 New Products Presentation

“Last year was another exciting year at Flight Display Systems with several new products being developed for our 3 business segments.

These segments include:

Cabin Management Systems
Inflight Entertainment, and
Government/Special Mission
Today’s presentation will focus on new IFE and CMS related products.”

Mission-ready Displays

You’ve heard all the advertising buzzwords/cliches before.  Fast—Reliable—Rugged—Easy-to-use

Now, if you’re in the military or law enforcement, here’s what you know about those words: Actions speak louder than cliches. The systems and displays in your aircraft have to work. They have to work exceptionally well. And they have to work NOW. There’s no time for “Now which button do you push?” or “I’ll need to adjust this a couple of times to get it in the right spot” when lives are on the line.

And the journey to this day began over a decade ago. It began with one small step for the traveler, but one giant leap for the aviation industry. David saw a need and created the Flight Display Moving Map to fill that need. The Moving Map provided passengers with a live map of their flight, plus pertinent flight data such as altitude, speed, and distance to destination. Compared to previous products, the Flight Display Moving Map was less expensive, faster, and easier to install. The device proved to be so popular, it propelled (yes, pun intended) the production of products that would set the standard in cabin management systems.

For the Flight Display Systems crew, there was a logical next step for the company: displays. The customers were begging for it. The main beneficiaries of these new rugged aviation displays were military and law enforcement.

They were trying to use civilian vehicles for specific missions. The civilian vehicle was not set up for an infrared or haler or microwave antennae or all the different things they’ve added to those aircraft. So we’ve been able to make modifications to make them usable in those vehicles. Today, everything needs to be faster, smaller, lighter, High-Definition.

And that, in a nutshell, is what Flight Display Systems does for the military and law enforcement. Over the years they have developed a full line of rugged mission-ready displays that are lab and field tested.

The Flipper is a 5, 7 or 10 inch monitor designed and configured to display in the most open of spaces or in the tightest of quarters. The thin LCDs flip into position when needed and stowed when not in use. The 7 and 10 inch flippers are widescreen format for more viewing area. Flippers are available with NVG and High-Bright capabilities.

In addition to the smaller Flippers, Flight Display Systems has developed a full line of High-Definition displays from 7 to 21.5 inches. These widescreen monitors allow for more content to be displayed in a smaller space. Replacing outdated CRT displays and tiny LCD monitors offers a tactical advantage when making critical decisions.

To simplify planning and installation, Flight Display Systems has created Fly HD, an end-to-end system comprised of source equipment, backbone architecture, and displays optimized for High-Definition. With minimal lead time, the engineers at Flight Display Systems can design and manufacture custom hardware to perform in extreme conditions. Products have environmental, EFI, EMI, RFT, shock, vibration, and magnetic anomaly testing performed to meet DO-160 standards.

Mission-ready features include Night Vision Compliance with front-mounted switches that toggle to display low intensity mode for compatibility with night vision equipment. High-Bright mode allows operation in ambient light conditions. Larger displays offer Quad Split Screen which can display four video inputs simultaneously. Certain displays can be equipped with Resistive or Capacitive Touchscreen.

Video input options include HD-SDI, DVI, HDMI, Component, VGA, S-Video, and Composite. The most exciting is HD-SDI or High Definition Serial Digital Interface. This standard, used in broadcast television, delivers 1.5 Gbps of uncompressed video through RG-179 coax cable. Using this standard eliminates many of the converters required to connect switches to monitors. Fewer converters means lighter weight and lower project cost.

Many of the display solutions offer USB ports that allow access to system computers. Mounting solutions include extremely rugged articulating arms, rack mounts, hinge mounts, and slide mounts. In response to low temperature situations, heated glass can be added. Flight Display Systems products are indeed, mission-ready.

Also at the ready: the FDS representatives that are your connection to performance excellence. That’s why when you call Flight Display Systems, you won’t get voicemail. You get people. Real people. With real answers to your challenges. In real time.

What we do is accessories, so as an airplane is introduced, there is always some functionality that wasn’t thought of at the inception of the airplane, the cockpit or the certification of the airplane. We provide a window that introduces those devices into the airplane and make it user-friendly for the crew and passengers. We enjoy the challenges of making custom applications for people so that they get the most out of what they want.