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Barco (Kortrijk, Belgium) is increasing production of its KDU dedicated display solution specifically designed for integration into the Honeywell Primus Apex flight deck. This year, Barco schedules a total production of 600 units. By 2010, this figure should have climbed to one thousand displays a year.
To date, Barco's KDU flight units had been selected for a variety of business jet platforms, including the Pilatus PC-12E turboprop airframe. Under several new contract wins for the Primus Apex system, Honeywell will integrate the large-screen displays into cockpits aboard the Spectrum S-40 Freedom, the Harbin Y12 and Viking Twin Otter aircraft. The state-of-the-art flight deck, each featuring four displays, will equip these platforms with enhanced functionality, including advanced auto-flight control, graphical flight planning, paperless charts and maps, keypad data entry, and cursor control device graphical interface technology.
The KDU display family consists of a 10-inch KDU-1080 version and a 15-inch KDU-1500 model. Both provide pilots with sunlight-readable images and a wide viewing angle to enable optimum cross-cockpit legibility under all lighting conditions. Thanks to their large screen surface and high-resolution, the displays bring larger views and improved situational awareness to the cockpit.