Delta to upgrade MD-88 & MD-90 fleet with enhanced navigation and FMS improvements

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Delta to upgrade MD-88 & MD-90 fleet with enhanced navigation and FMS improvements

DELTA TO UPGRADE MD-88 AND MD-90 FLEET WITH ENHANCED NAVIGATION AND FLIGHT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
IMPROVEMENTS DESIGNED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NEXTGEN OPPORTUNITIES WILL REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS AND NOISE FOOTPRINT IN HALF AND IMPROVE OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCIES AND RELIABILITIES
Apr 3, 2013

ATLANTA, April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) will outfit its fleet of 182 MD-88 and MD-90 aircraft as well as several flight simulators with standardized, state-of-the-art glass cockpits and GPS navigation that will improve efficiency, reduce environmental impact and position the airline to take advantage of procedural improvements outlined in the Federal Aviation Administration's Next Generation Air Transportation System.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090202/DELTALOGO )

The enhanced avionics suite, developed by Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISSC), will allow the aircraft to fly shorter flight paths and take advantage of continuous-descent, Required Navigation Performance (RNAV) approaches to reduce fuel consumption, carbon emissions and noise levels — a primary objective of NextGen. The addition of GPS capabilities as well as the incorporation of Data Link and ADS-B will allow pilots to fly safer as the three systems aid flight crews in identifying nearby air traffic, weather and terrain on flat panel displays in the cockpit.

Due to the lighter weight of the new equipment, Delta will see an immediate improvement in fuel economy while long-lasting benefits from the new flight decks include reductions in CO2 emissions by 80 million pounds annually and a 50 percent decrease in the aircraft noise footprint once NextGen procedures are fully implemented. The standardized flight decks will improve situational awareness for flight crews and are expected to increase operational flexibility, simplify maintenance and improve dispatch and on-time reliability.

"In addition to deploying technology enhancements, Delta continues to work closely with the FAA as it advances NextGen procedures — many of which are being developed at key hub airports," said Steve Dickson, Delta's senior vice president-Flight Operations. "Delta continues to invest in NextGen and looks forward to the FAA's continued progress in systemwide implementation of these improvements, especially at these key hubs, which promise to deliver real savings as well as safety and efficiency enhancements.

"The cockpit upgrades also build on Delta's commitment to give our flight crews the advanced technology tools they need to perform their job safely and efficiently for our customers."

Installation of the enhanced flight deck technology across the MD-88 and MD-90 fleet is slated to begin in early 2014 and will be completed by IS&S technicians at Delta TechOps facilities. The process is expected to take approximately two years.

"We are delighted Delta has chosen Innovative Solutions and Support to upgrade its MD-88/-90 fleet," said Shahram Askarpour, president – Innovative Solutions & Support. "The equipment provides cost-effective solutions for upgrading legacy avionics platforms with state-of-the-art technology and brings NextGen capabilities to mature air-transport aircraft."

Delta continues to enhance technology across its fleet — including updates to nearly all Airbus and Boeing aircraft — aimed at taking advantage of the performance and efficiency improvements that will be realized once the FAA fully implements the NextGen system.

Significant reductions in environmental impact, both in noise and emissions, as a result of these improvements, are part of Delta's continued social responsibility efforts. The airline has improved overall fuel-efficiency by an average of 1.7 percent from 2009 to 2012, exceeding goals set by the International Air Transportation Association. Since 2005, Delta has reduced its annual aircraft greenhouse gas emissions by 8.4 million metric tons, an 18.5 percent reduction.

About Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. Delta was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2013 World's Most Admired Companies airline industry list, topping the list for the second time in three years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 319 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. Delta is investing more than $3 billion in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta and Facebook.com/delta.

About Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc.

Headquartered in Exton, Pa., Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc. (www.innovative-ss.com) is a systems integrator that designs and manufactures flight guidance and cockpit display systems for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM's) and retrofit applications. The company supplies integrated Flight Management Systems (FMS) and advanced GPS receivers for precision low carbon footprint navigation.

SOURCE Delta Air Lines

For press inquiries: Delta Corporate Communications, 404-715-2554
 

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Great news! Any pictures of what the set-up will look like?
 

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Unfortunately no, I just posted the press release and its just text. I assume, given the drastic weight reduction, that almost all the analog instruments and gauges will be removed along with the warning and caution annunciators. I doubt much will change on the overhead panel though. As far as the FMS goes, I think it will be a software update. I doubt it will require a new CDU. Stay tuned.
 

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Way to invest in your domestic op dal.
Try not to sell them to Skywest in 10 years when everyone is so used CRJ-900's flying at "regionals"-

I really have to stop-
 

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Cockpit picture link

Just found this link on the web that shows a potential MD88/90 glass panel:

http://www.innovative-ss.com/platforms/index.asp?ID=73&L1=2&L2=4&L3=0&display=1

Not sure if it will be the final version (maybe Delta changes some things). Has Delta indicated how long they expect to keep the MD88/90s in service? For another decade?

See more info below:



The IS&S Cockpit/IP Flat Panel Display system (FPDS) consists of a pilot and copilot Primary Flight Display/Multifunction Display (PFD/MFD) suite, containing four (4) 6” x 8” Display Units (DU) and two (2) Display Control Panels (DCP) and two (2) 4 MCU Data Concentrator Units (DCU) installed in the electronics bay. By eliminating a number of older or obsolete components the Cockpit/IP, designed to support existing aircraft wiring, provides simplicity and flexibility allowing aircraft to be retrofitted within the window of a routine maintenance visit.


A primary consideration of the system design is replacing aging and obsolete equipment while maintaining compatibility with the functional legacy systems and equipment. The IS&S installation package has been designed to minimize wiring modifications in the electronics bay by utilizing the existing equipment racks and wiring connections. The unique design concept permits accelerated modification of graphic display formats and rapid certification.

The FPDS will meet your needs as mission requirements evolve and future technology changes at a rapid pace. The Cockpit/IP provides enabling technology for a path to support emerging technologies such as Required Navigation Performance (RNP), Enhanced and Synthetic Vision (EVS and SVS) and it will align to current and emerging OEM platform

FPDS Features:
  • ADS-B and CPDLC
  • Class 3 forward field of view E-Charts
  • Cross-side source selection
  • Designed for minimal downtime during installation
  • Fully redundant system with fault tolerant dispatchability
  • EFB overlays on MFD
  • Moving Map with satellite weather graphics
  • Available Turn-key package provided with panels, harnesses and equipment
  • High resolution displays with LED backlighting
  • Upgradable to NextGen and SESAR requirements
 

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Way to invest in your domestic op dal.
Try not to sell them to Skywest in 10 years when everyone is so used CRJ-900's flying at "regionals"-

I really have to stop-
So, you assume Skywest will still be around in 10 years? You never know...

And this avionics upgrade shows DL is sticking with domestic mainline service, along with incoming 717s and 739ERs.


Bye Bye---General Lee
 
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Much more cost effective than buying or leasing new planes.

Delta seems to have a solid idea of establishing profitability.
 

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Will it be similar enough to get the FAA to sign off on a single fleet type with the 717?
 

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aircraft to be retrofitted within the window of a routine maintenance
Right! Easily a 1 month retro during a heavy check. Eight A/C a month to get through them in 2 yrs.
It looks great and should be a big improvement.
 

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I hate to burst your bubble guys... We at AA have the IS&S displays on about half of the 75/76 fleet (referred to as MAUI-Flat Panel displays.) In a word - they suck.

- Attitude indicator is TINY.
- If you have weather or terrain selected on the ND, any airports/TCAS traffic/VORs, etc, block out portions of the weather/terrain depiction.
- The FMCs do not talk to the screens. Meaning, when your takeoff data uplinks on the FMC, you still have to manually input V-speeds for TO/LDG (as opposed to the Boeing displays which automatically put the V speeds in on the airspeed tape.)
- Turning on the weather radar involves no less than 3 switches.
- There is no "rate change" on the vertical A/S and altimeter tapes. In other words, as the numbers increase/decrease, they don't slide up or down - they just change numbers. So it's hard to detect a rate of change. (vs Boeing, where the numbers slide up/down.)

Maybe IS&S will have a different setup for the MDs, but based on the pics, they look the same as ours.

Having dual GPS on the MDs is kinda cool, though! And overall, it's an improvement over the standard MD panel. I just think IS&S could have done a much better job (but it woulda cost a lot more $$$.)
 
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So, you assume Skywest will still be around in 10 years? You never know...

Bye Bye---General Lee
That's my point... And the seniority scam outsourcing represents - But I'm trying not to hijack another thread-
 

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So, you assume Skywest will still be around in 10 years? You never know...

And this avionics upgrade shows DL is sticking with domestic mainline service, along with incoming 717s and 739ERs.


Bye Bye---General Lee
Edsels getting 8 track players, I guess your Monkees/Partridge Family tapes will become valuable to some one other than you and your mom....
 

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And right on cue.....PBR chimes in reminding us how old she is.
 

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Bill, can't see this, but can somebody please explain there are better insults than calling someone a girl.
 
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