THE FUTURE IS HERE AND DUNCAN AVIATION IS MAKING HISTORY WITH THE GLASS BOX PROJECT.
The scope is huge: 26 retrofits to date crossing six different airframes and three more projects currently underway. Those numbers will go up significantly in the next 12 months as more and more operators are exposed to the value of Glass Box technology.
The reputation, expertise, vision and tenacity necessary to pull off this kind of project is possessed only by Duncan Aviation. Duncan Aviation is leading the industry in addressing the needs of the retrofit market. This is a story of how Glass Box came to be, the philosophy behind the program and where it is now, three years down the road.
THE GLASS BOX PROJECT IS BORN
The Glass Box Project was conceived in 2003, as a special project developed by the Avionics experts at Duncan Aviation. The goal was to create Duncan Aviation’s vision for the future of AMLCD technology. A year of intensive research, applied industry knowledge and experience resulted in the introduction of The Glass Box Project in 2004.
The program is a focused effort to make available the latest in emerging flat-panel retrofit technology to a broad range of popular jet aircraft. Reduced downtimes, reduced risk and reduced investment are a reality through preplanning with customers, the FAA, OEMs and Duncan Aviation’s Glass Box Team.
There are four components that comprise the foundation of this effort. The first isMARKET KNOWLEDGE. Duncan Aviation has a long history of partnering with customers and anticipating their operational requirements. Duncan Aviation’s Glass Box Team has evaluated the available systems and used their market experience to pair them with the appropriate aircraft, then pursuing certification for their selected projects. This foresight has paid off, making them a leader in the market.
The second is OEM RELATIONSHIPS. As a top-ranked avionics equipment installer, Duncan Aviation is in a unique position to offer the best prices with the highest level of service.
The third is CERTIFICATION AND ENGINEERING. Duncan Aviation has a team of over 50 engineers on staff. This in-house capability allows Duncan to minimize turntime, maximize quality, predict and avoid potential pitfalls and shorten certification time.
The fourth is PARTNERSHIP WITH THE FAA. Duncan Aviation is approved by the FAA to certify their own STCs. This in-house DAS capability allows Duncan Aviation to streamline the approval process.
Downtime–The Big D. Time is money, or so the saying goes. And nowhere is this platitude more true than in the aviation world. The Glass Box Project is designed to be accomplished in the minimum turntime possible. The efficiency of the technology will also make your daily flight operations smoother by reducing troubleshooting, repairs, overhauls and other unexpected AOG issues.
Experience + Knowledge = Safety. Whether you are interested in modernizing your existing aircraft or are planning to purchase your next aircraft, a Glass Box Project solution may be right for you. In either case, Duncan Aviation will install the latest in cockpit technology. Technology that in many cases exceeds that of newly manufactured business jets. In today’s flight environment, with more traffic and reduced spacing, maximizing safety is more important than ever.
What makes this investment a great value? Aircraft that are improved to keep current with the latest changes in technology; changes that improve safety, reduce pilot workloads and increase functionality will be more desirable to aircraft buyers in the future. Aircraft that fall behind in this area will be discounted by future buyers. The wise decision is to make the investment while you are able to benefit from the technology as you still own the aircraft.
FEATURES EVERYBODY WANTS
Glass Box Project packages display all established avionics imagery clearly, such as TCAS, TAWS, Radar and Navigation along with the latest technology like Jeppesen charts, graphical weather, infrared Enhanced Vision Systems and are designed to be upgraded as new features are developed. If you’re looking ahead to coming mandates like ADS-B, these retrofits are upgradeable to meet future requirements.
OTHER GREAT FEATURES INCLUDE:
• Large, high-definition displays
• Significant weight savings
• Real-time graphical weather
• Enhanced electronic maps
• Paperless capability
• Increased safety
• High reliability