Air Transport World

Airlines continue transition to new-generation avionics.

Airlines continue transition to new-generation avionics

The airlines of the world are spending significant sums on new-generation avionics equipment like CRT-based cockpit systems, and they are anxious to purchase even newer items like wind shear warning devices and satellite-based navigation as soon as practical units are on the market, a special Air Transport World survey indicates.

The 30 carriers who provided information on their avionics expenditures reported that they spent $35.3 million on items for new aircraft, $16.7 million on retrofit avionics and $9.5 million on avionics test equipment in 1986. In the next two years they anticipate spending $61 million on avionics for new aircraft being added to their fleets, $43.5 million on retrofit equipment and $11.1 million on test equipment.

The responding airlines last year bought or are planning soon to purchase a wide range of new-generation items, including CRT-based instrumentation, Omega long-range navigation systems, digital flight data recorders and data link systems.

Eleven of the 37 carriers replying to the survey, or nearly a third, reported that a portion of their fleets are currently equipped with CRT-based cockpit systems. …

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