NORTHWEST AIRLINES IS TO RETROFIT its fleet of Boeing 747-100/-200s with B&D Instruments' cockpit engine-instrument display system (EIDS), replacing electro-mechanical indicators. The unit displays engine parameters on two active-matrix liquid-crystal display screens and is designed to improve despatch reliability and reduce maintenance costs, compared with existing instruments. A "snapshot" feature allows engine data to be stored and transmitted for use by the airline's maintenance engineers, says B&D part of Penny & Giles Aerospace.

Source: Flight International