L-3 SmartDeck receives FAA certification
L-3 Communications Avionics Systems has received FAA technical standard order (TSO) and supplemental type certificate (STC) approval for its SmartDeck integrated flight control and display system.
While no original equipment manufacturer (OEM) launch customer for SmartDeck has been named, the STC applies to the Cirrus Design SR22 G2 aircraft, and L-3 plans to offer the product through authorized dealers as a retrofit option.
SmartDeck includes primary flight and multifunction displays, and a center console unit dedicated to flight plan and radio management. It can provide pilots with navigation, traffic and terrain avoidance data, and allow them to monitor communications, flight controls, engine parameters, and other data sources.
SmartDeck is suitable for many new-generation aviation aircraft, including turboprops and light jets, and L-3 says it is working to customize the platform for Cirrus’ proposed jet aircraft. Formal avionics selection for “the-jet,” as it is now called, is pending, however.
May 22, 2008