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.

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GlareShield Camera in Business & Commercial Aviation

Our GlareShield Camera is showcased in the October issue of Business & Commercial Aviation magazine. Article by Jessica Salerno.

Flight Display Systems Glare Shield Camera is a high-definition, 1080p camera that mounts in the cockpit and provides passengers with an opportunity to observe taxi, takeoff and landing.

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Flight Display Systems Contributes to NASA Project SOFIA


A Custom 20” Monitor Gives Scientists an Accurate Image of the Cosmos

ALPHARETTA, Georgia — July 19, 2013 — Flight Display Systems contributed to the success of NASA’s flying observatory, Project SOFIA, by designing and building a custom 20” LCD monitor. The monitor was installed in the stratospheric observatory used to monitor infrared emissions from space. The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is jointly funded by NASA and the German Aerospace Center. It consists of a very large 2.5 meter diameter telescope mounted in a retrofitted Boeing 747SP. Flight Display Systems engineered a 20” monitor that flips up from the stowed position to display the infrared readings from the SOFIA telescope.

Our experience with military grade, “ruggidized” monitors enabled us devise a unique solution for NASA project SOFIA. The monitor combined a large viewing screen with a secure, yet small form factor when stowed. On top of the standard metal enclosure we included friction grip hinges to ensure the monitor does not jostle in rough air.

Solving unique video engineering problems is a core competency of Flight Display Systems. “Military and special mission projects involving a high level of technical expertise are a major part of what we do,” said Dave Oblinger, Director of Research and Development. “Our engineers love projects that involve solving technical issues such as NASA’s SOFIA.”

About Project SOFIA

Looking at stars from the Earth’s surface only reveals part of the picture. The Earth’s atmosphere, especially it’s water vapor, inhibits a clear view of the cosmos. Space telescopes eliminate this issue, but are expensive to deploy and operate. NASA’s Project SOFIA aims to deliver a cost effective, “best of both worlds,” experience for astronomers. A flying observatory gives a much better view of the stars and is much less expensive to operate than a space telescope.

Learn more about the NASA SOFIA project at:

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