LCD flightdeck modification for BAe 146 certified

BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has obtained the approval of UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for a modification package that replaces some electromechanical indicators with LCD Flat Panel electronic displays on early-build BAe 146s. The modifications were flight-tested on BAe 146-300 G-UKAG (msn E3162), the last of six aircraft to be delivered to Eurowings under a lease agreement signed last year. The CAA has recommended approval to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), whose certification should be received shortly. The modification package replaces several instrument displays with Collins FPI-920 flat panel LCDs. The new displays provide most of the advantages of EFIS but at a fraction of the cost. Nearly 140 early-build BAe 146s are eligible to be upgraded. BAE Systems is reporting substantial interest in the upgrade. Eurowings has signed for six aircraft, and Air Dolomiti for three. Talks are underway with several other operators.

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