US low-fare airline Independence Air and parent company Atlantic Coast Airlines Holdings have signed a selection agreement with Thales for several avionics components from its TopFlight Line.

The components will be installed on 27 new Airbus A319 aircraft. Delivery is scheduled to begin in September 2004 and includes options for additional aircraft.

Under the terms of this contract, Thales will equip all Independence Air aircraft with air traffic control/traffic alert and collision avoidance system (ATC/TCAS) control panel, terrain and traffic collision avoidance system (T2CAS), air transport datalink (ATDL) Mode S transponder, and the new generation flight management system (FMS) developed with Smiths Aerospace.

In addition, the cockpit will be a full LCD glass cockpit including integrated electronic stand-by instrument (IESI), electronic instrument system (EIS2) and the new multifunctional control display unit (MCDU ) using active matrix LCD, all developed and manufactured by Thales.

"After the recent selections of T2CAS in Mexico, Europe, Middle East and Asia, this selection by Independence Air is a major success in the Americas. We are bringing a long needed competition to the TAWS market with an advanced, cost effective solution" said Ed Senen, vice-president marketing and sales for Thales in North America.

Source: Flight Daily News