Posted by John McHaleATLANTA, 21 Oct. 2010. Cobham announced plans to certify its large format IDU-680P 6-by-8-inch portrait flight display. Currently undergoing MIL-STD qualification, the IDU-680P shares 90 percent commonality in hardware and Level-A software with its IDU-450 4-by-5-inch display. The IDU 450 is certified to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) standards.The IDU-680P is a smart display and will be certified to 21 Technical Standard Orders (TSOs) including integrated TAWSs (Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems) for both helicopters and airplanes; as well as flight management systems (FMSs)--to meet requirements for the FAA's NextGen program. The large display uses Cobham's synthetic vision symbology with highway-in-the-sky predictive flight director. The Cobham flight display uses the fewest number of boxes possible to reduce cost and weight, company officials say. The device also enables the GPS, air data, and attitude sensors to be mounted directly to the back of the display, simplifying installation.The display is night-vision goggle compatible.Existing IDU-680Ps already in the field and MIL-STD units will be eligible for an upgrade to TSO status once certification is complete.