Avionics displays and processing units for Zeppelin NT airships to be provided by Barco
KORTRIJK, Belgium, 12 Oct. 2011. Airship designers at Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH (ZLT) in Friedrichshafen, Germany, needed engine indicating and crew alerting system (EICAS) displays and processing units for three Zeppelin NT lighter-than-air inflatable airships. They found their solution from Barco NV in Kortrijk, Belgium. Barco will provide ZLT with the Barco CHDD-268 cockpit head down display, which has sunlight-readable AMLCD and LED backlight technology, and the PU-2000 multi-capability processing unit. The Zeppelin NT is a class of semi-rigid airships for passenger pleasure rides, aerial advertising, photography and television at major events, and research missions for environmental observations and troposphere research. The Zeppelin NT can stay aloft for as long as 24 hours.
The Barco EICAS display will indicate airship data such as fuel status, water ballast, and parameter limits. The display can add and remove information indicated on the screen, and make adjustments to key parameters like fuel quantity and water ballast.
"The open MOSArt software platform allows a perfect integration with our custom-made avionics suites, and minimizes the certification effort and risk," explains Thomas Brandt, general manager at ZLT.
Goodyear will use the three airships for marketing and for VIP passenger flights for local and national charities. ZLT will deliver the three airships over the next six years, with the first airship entering service in January 2014.
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