Field Aviation added a new customer to its Dash 8 flightdeck modernization program, which replaces the original electromagnetic and electronic flight and engine instrumentation systems with flat-panel displays. The upgrades will be performed on two Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft—one a Series 200 and the other a Series 300—for an undisclosed U.S.-based customer, with work taking place at Field Aviation’s Toronto modification facility.
Field Aviation has installed the flightdeck upgrade program on approximately 20 Dash 8 aircraft to date for 12 different operators since it began in 2011.
According to Field Aviation, the five Universal Avionics EFI-890R flat-panel integrated smart displays provide situational awareness, navigation and engine information. The company says the system provides full redundancy by enabling information to be switched between the displays.
“The obsolescence issues facing the classic Dash 8 airline and special mission operators is significant, and our EFI-890R flightdeck upgrade not only solves this problem but provides pilots with consolidated flight guidance and significantly more situational awareness,” says Brian Love, chief commercial officer, Field Aviation.
A representative for Field Aviation says upgrades typically take between 6-8 weeks to complete, depending on what other work is occurring at the same time. The upgrade entails removing more than 40 legacy components—most of which are on the flightdeck instrument panel—and their replacement with five LCD displays.
In addition to its newest customer, Field Aviation is in the process of completing EFI-890R upgrades for two other first-time customers. It is also working to complete the last of three EFI-890R and ADS-B Out upgrades on the Swedish Coast Guard’s Dash 8 aircraft fleet at Stockholm Skavsta Airport.