FAA Approves ToughWriter Flight Deck
Printer On The Boeing 767 Aircraft
January 4, 2011 - The Test & Measurement Product Group
of Astro-Med, Inc. has announced the award of a
Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) to retrofit its
ToughWriter 4 Flight Deck Printer into Boeing 767-200,
-300 and -300F Series aircraft. The required
modifications and approval flights were completed by
Delta Engineering, headquartered in
The ToughWriter 4 flight deck printer includes both
ARINC-429 and 10/100BaseT Ethernet ports to connect to
Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting Systems
(ACARS) and Electronic Flight Bags.
offers 300 x 600 dot-per-inch printing resolution, the
highest resolution available in a flight deck printer,
providing pilots with crisp, clear printouts of weather
maps, approach plates, electronic charts and other
graphical information. With print speeds up to 5 seconds
per page in text mode, the ToughWriter 4 gives Boeing
767 pilots immediate access to critical ACARS messages.
Tom Carll, Vice President & Worldwide Sales Director, noted, "The ToughWriter 4 flight deck printer gives B767 operators the safety, convenience, and added capabilities that are associated with modern cockpit printers, including high resolution, graphical printing."
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further on the award, Carll said, "This is the first of what we
hope will be many Supplemental Type Certifications for the
ToughWriter 4 flight deck printer as older aircraft are
retrofitted with glass displays, electronic flight bags, and
updated CNS/ATM systems."
Natalizia, Astro-Med's Director of Engineering for Ruggedized
Products, added, "The ToughWriter 4 replaces outdated, legacy
flight deck printers, saving airlines a significant amount of
weight. For new printer installations, the ToughWriter 4 gives
pilots the ability to print text messages as well as graphics,
and replaces the heavy flight bags that they used to carry on
currently furnishing airborne printers for the Airbus A380 and A400M,
the Boeing C-17, B-787, B-777, B-747, and the Lockheed C-130 in addition
to the Boeing 767 aircraft announced in this news release. Astro-Med's
Test & Measurement Product Group has been designing and manufacturing
ruggedized products for more than a decade. These products are used in
the most demanding military and commercial environments, including
airborne, shipboard and ground vehicle applications. Astro-Med is
certified to AS9100, the quality management system specifically designed
for manufacturers of aerospace industry products.
Originally founded in 1983, Delta Engineering has worked closely with the FAA to obtain or issue over 500 FAA Supplemental Type Certificates and various other FAA approvals. Delta Engineering has obtained or issued FAA Supplemental Type Certificates for nearly every system that is typically installed into an airplane's cockpit, including a multi-channel digital autopilots, air data systems and communications systems. Delta Engineering has obtained or issued FAA Supplemental Type Certificates for many cabin interior installations whether a corporate operated aircraft or an air carrier Boeing 747-400.
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