Sagem GII Cockpit Nears Approval Finish Line
After months of waiting, Sagem Avionics says it is tantalizingly close to receiving its first FAA supplemental type certification (STC) for the company’s Integrated Cockpit Display System retrofit cockpit. STC paperwork for the flat-panel glass displays in a Gulfstream II was originally submitted to the FAA in January, but because of personnel changes and a move of the airplane from facilities in Dallas to Washington, D.C., Sagem and project partner General Dynamics Aviation Services recently resubmitted the application. Thierry Sieg, manager of Sagem’s glass cockpit product line, said the approval could be in hand within weeks.
The companies are interested in offering similar retrofits in the Gulfstream III, Challenger 600 and 601-1A, Falcon 20 and 50, and Hawker 700 and 800. The integrated cockpit display systems from Sagem are based on 10.4-inch LCD screens that include engine power indicators, electronic horizontal situational indicator and VOR/GPS/ILS coupled with the navigation displays. The system also provides a range of fault detection alerts and integration between the displays and airframe configuration data.