L-3’s SmartDeck Receives FAA Certification

L-3 Avionics has received TSO Authorization and an STC from the FAA for its SmartDeck Integrated Flight Controls and Display System. The STC has been awarded for the Cirrus Design SR22 G2 model, and L-3 Avionics will offer the STC through authorized dealers for retrofit.


“SmartDeck’s user interface is designed to boost pilot confidence and create a safe, simple and easy-to-control cockpit environment,” said Adrienne Stevens, president of L-3 Avionics Systems. “We’re thrilled to deliver this state-of-the-art, next-generation avionics system to the market.”

L-3 designed the menu structure to support pilot functions in “three clicks or less.” Flight information is more rapidly accessible and less confusing than with other systems.

“It makes flying safer, easier and more fun,” said Stevens. “When pilots fly the system for the first time, we receive overwhelmingly positive feedback about the crisp graphics and overall ease of use. The best way for someone to compare SmartDeck to other systems is to fly it. It speaks for itself.”

SmartDeck is the only system in the light aircraft market to include a display dedicated to flight plan management and communication information as part of its standard configuration. The Center Console Unit (CCU) is a 4 x 5.25 inch display that frees up space on the multi-function display (MFD) and enables pilots to continue monitoring a flight while obtaining airport or flight plan information.

SmartDeck integrates addition technologies such as navigation, traffic avoidance, terrain avoidance, communication, flight controls, engine parameters and enhanced vision. SmartDeck is scalable and designed for installation on new general aviation aircraft, turboprops and light jets. L-3 is progressing with Cirrus Design to customize SmartDeck for the development phase of “the-jet,” as announced at the NBAA annual convention last September.

L-3 developed the SmartDeck Integrated Flight Controls and Display System for business and general aviation aircraft.

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