UPS to retrofit computerized display system into planes
UPS plans to retrofit most of its aircraft with a computerized display system designed to improve safety and fuel economy.
The retrofit project will begin with 107 of UPS’ Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft being equipped with Boeing’s Class III Display Device. Eight new Boeing 747-400 aircraft recently ordered by UPS will be built from scratch with the system.
“This system will support software programs that make available in the cockpit information that today exists only on paper or in the hands of air traffic controllers,” said Bob Lekites, UPS’ vice president, airline and international operations.
“Ultimately, it will help pilots with navigation and allow them to space their aircraft on their own; call up the most complete and accurate long-range weather maps; warn of potential collisions on the ground; push the maintenance logbook into the digital age, and place the entire flight manual within easy electronic recall,” Lekites added.