ARNAV ICDS 2000 Now Offering Full PFD
ARNAV has finally dropped the other shoe with the unveiling of the extension of the ICDS 2000 line to include a full PFD offering electronic flight instrumentation, engine power indicators, HSI, Flight Director/Flight Advisor, and VOR/GPS/ILS and coupled Localizer data. The PFD portion of the ICDS equation offers predictive data in terms of position, energy and time and also offers airframe configuration data, as well as various fault detection alerts, and full integration with the MFD and engine systems already available. The display consists of a HUGE 10.4 inch screen that has to be seen to believed (gorgeous). It stands 8.25 inches high and is but 4.37 inches deep.
Installed as an integrated set of two displays, the complete package can be bought for $49,995, a bit weighty until you add up all the equipment you replace with this highly capable system. More important; the information presented, both in terms of amount as well as format, truly empower a pilot with better understanding, more information and the ability to digest it far more quickly and comprehensively.
The PFD part of the system uses the left side of the main display for speed management, the right side for altitude management, the top center is used for attitude data and the lower part of the center arc displays a heading and to/from indications. Air data systems and an AHRS feed the PFD with the requisite attitude and air info, while Nav sensors and engine sensors power the send MFD, which alternately serves as a Nav display or Power Systems monitor (though some display choices allow for a composite of both sets of information).
We haven’t gotten much in the way of hard tech data on this unit yet, but I have to say that I really like the display architecture (especially the “visual ergonomics” of the design… very systematic, very easy to read) and when you really add up the value presented, that this system offers some serious bang for the buck… and comprises the largest “full boat” flat panel display system we’ve seen yet. I particularly like the way that they integrated trend information into the PFD… very slick. This system is really going to be something to work with. Much more info to follow… soon.