Aircraft Cabin Systems


ACS delivers largest single-order to prominent Asian Airline complete with PMA certification

Redmond WA. August 15, 2016 - Aircraft Cabin Systems (ACS) recently completed delivery of their largest single-order to date. ACS delivered over 280 HD LCD monitors, brackets/shrouds and associated harnesses to All Nippon Airways (ANA). This order was part of a fleet upgrade for their Boeing B767 and B777 Aircraft.

ACS designed new, thinner and lighter weight HD monitors for ANA in 17”, 32” and 42” sizes. ACS now holds PMA certification for these monitors as well as the brackets and shrouds, adding them to ACS’s extensive catalog of PMA products.

“The industry has been very enthusiastic about these new designs, features and benefits” says Rick Routly – ACS Regional Sales Director.

ACS specializes in the design & manufacture of high-quality flat panel displays, to meet the market demand for larger, custom displays, utilized in today’s cabin environment. Customers need more than just a display and ACS provides that. ACS exceeds industry expectations with lower emission power supplies, safer front surfaces, 16 G survivable mounting attachments, special sweep circuits and non-glare filmed coating  (CrystalTint ®),  making their LCD monitors the ideal addition to your IFE system.

For more information, please contact:

Ken Muse / Sales Manager (425) 629-412

 Bulkhead & Aisle installation of ACS monitors with custom bracket and shrouds.




ACS delivers Industries first 42” & 65” HD LCD monitors meeting DO-160 (Current Harmonics) requirements for Boeing B787 platform

Redmond WA.  June 16, 2016 - Aircraft Cabin Systems (ACS) announced that their product line now includes a 42” and a 65” HD LCD monitor utilizing a new power supply design that meets the stricter DO-160 Variable Frequency Power (Current Harmonics) requirements. This new power supply design will work with both Boeing B787 and Airbus A350 and A380 aircraft platforms.

These 42” and 65” HD LCD monitors, part numbers ALD-4212A and ALD-6512A respectively, were developed for a premier Aircraft Completion Center that provides turnkey interior completions for Heads-of-State and VIP clients.

Richie Sugimoto, VP Operations of ACS stated the ALD-4212A and ALD-6512A HD LCD monitors were designed with multiple inputs including: Component, VGA, Composite and dual HDMI inputs.  ACS expects to receive PMA on these HD LCD monitors by 4th quarter 2016.

ACS specializes in the design & manufacture of high-quality flat panel displays to meet the market demand for larger, custom displays, utilized in today’s cabin environment. Customers need more than just a display and ACS provides that. ACS exceeds industry expectations with “quieter” lower emission power supplies, safer front surfaces, 16 G survivable mounting attachments, special sweep circuits and non-glare filmed coating  (CrystalTint ®),  making their LCD monitors the ideal addition to your IFE system.

For more information, please contact:

Ken Muse / Sales Manager (425) 629-4129



Update: ACS Retractable Video Monitor




Six months ago we did a story on a newly designed, commercial aircraft retractable monitor with its developer and designer, Yukio Sugimoto. If you have a technical bent you may remember that his product was an engineer’s dream, instead of the mechanical nightmare that historically plagues these devices. In all fairness, the restrictions and requirements on retractable monitors are moderately onerous, especially considering the fact that they must operate with power that is subject to dropping out… not to mention issues like the video display retract necessity under loss of power or in emergency situations. (Editor’s Note: There is a qualification test requirement (RTCA DO-160 currently version “F”) which says that avionics equipment must withstand 250 milliseconds of power interruption and this poses some difficulty to electro mechanical equipment like retractable monitors. The real FAA requirement issue is: How does one design the monitor to close when airplane power is lost? With loss of power, the first generation retractable monitor systems that use mechanical springs and other additional parts, like clutches and control mechanisms, have generated a lot of problems in, resulting in lower reliability units.) This also explains the high mechanical parts count and resultant weight increase, not to mention stored energy springs to facilitate zero power retractions. As we noted in the earlier article, the ACS patent pending solution involves storing energy in capacitors – that’s the simple answer but it is a circuitry design solution as well! We stopped by the company’s Redmond office for an update with Yukio Sugimoto, President and Richie Sugimoto, the company’s new Vice President – Operations.

Product Update

If there is one message our IFExpress reporter got from the test team it was: “The new retractable monitor is performing even better than expected. In fact, it has undergone over 250,000 cycle operations without a single failure!” noted Yukio, “Which is pretty remarkable in its self.” Unit qualification testing is now underway and it looks like the manufacturing process is clearly in the build-up stage. What really caught our news eye was the fact that ACS has designed an even bigger screen version than the first 9.7-inch LED unit, a whopping 12- inch, (diagonal) HD display version. In fact when we saw it in the life cycle test frame, we wondered if it would fit in the narrower Airbus overhead PSU rails? “Look closer,” Yukio said. “The new, bigger display actually retracts flat against the outside of the PSU while the rest of the frame and the electronics are buried in the PSU itself – the box sits between the rails while the display (and cover) protrudes ½ an inch above the surface and folds flat against it.” Later, Mr. Sugimoto, who has a history of industry soothsaying, hinted that standard HD video is not the only video standard interface he is considering. He would not say much more on the subject that left us to wonder if different industry video standards will be the subject of future IFE systems?

The Market

When we got wind of the retract we wondered like you probably did – the market for retractable units must be dropping, in part because of their past reliability issues with retracts – perhaps the highest MTBF of any IFE LRU. We asked Richie about the demand for retracts. “Here is where we are ahead of the market and our answer is buried in airline operational cost increases… our product will be an airline cost saver!” He went on, “Keeping those operational costs down is the name of the IFE game today, and our retract is a game-changer, especially for value driven airlines and airlines that are seeing a lot of onboard passenger use of their own entertainment devices (PED’s). Let’s face it, it costs an airline a lot of money to install and pay for the recurring costs (maintenance, content, and fuel) of a multiple displays while many watch their own PED movies or work on laptops instead. Look at it this way, both retractable overhead and seatback devices can do an approved job of delivering the safety briefing but as an airline, which would you rather pay for, especially if the overhead units cut the maintenance costs by 80 per cent!” While the market for retractable monitors is falling off, no one knows the effect of personal, carry-on devices. There is an argument for pay-per-click revenue in seatback solutions but the ACS team pointed out that on any flight under 1 ½ hours or so, that revenue model falls apart, not to mention the challenge of showing full-length movies. Subtract the 30 minutes lost after take-off and before landing and the model might even extend to longer flights. “The message is simple,” noted Richie, “airlines that want to cut costs and airlines that fly in short haul markets need to take a new look at retractable monitors… not to mention routes where passengers bring their own devices! The costs are unbeatable – overhead monitors have a 9 to 1 display advantage. One monitor can serve 9 passengers.”

Let’s review:

• The new retractable video monitors from ACS employ new technologies that make them more reliable, exhibit longer MTBF, and in some cases, provide larger displays than previously offered
• ACS claims their new HD retractable video monitors offer airlines reduced procurement, installation, operational life costs
• The overhead video display monitor market may soon make a comeback because of the aforementioned and recent trends in passenger personal electronic devices (PEDs)
• Airline crews on low cost airlines prefer video display for safety briefings versus no video display solutions
• Display costs for overhead video is roughly 9 to 1 are in favor of solutions involving one display per passenger

No doubt the new retractable monitor will impact the retrofit market first. In fact if we were to bet, we expect the low cost folks to be the first to climb onboard. If you want a hands-on experience ACS will exhibit the new device at AIX in Hamburg next month. We expect to see both the 9.7-inch and the 12-inch units there with more data available as well. Be sure to ask Yukio, Richie, or Ben Ludlow for a demo and tell them IFExpress sent you. For more information contact Ben Ludlow, or by telephone (425) 883-8008 (ex 100); or see the team and the new retract at AIX in Hamburg, Booth 6B18.

(Editor’s Note: You will notice that we do not refer to a product name or model numbers and we attribute that fact to two things. Firstly, this unit is destined to be an OEM device, and as such, will only have numerical representation. Secondly, the ACS team has frankly been too busy to do so. When you see them at AIX, they might have an update!)


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Aircraft Cabin Systems, LLC and Gulfstream Aerospace, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), have developed state-of-the-art HD LCD Video Monitors as well as LCD Touchscreens that interface with the advanced technology Gulfstream Cabin Management System (GCMS) used on this new Gulfstream business jet aircraft.

Three new HD LCD Video Monitors have been developed. A 26” Credenza monitor enhances the passenger video viewing experience. Two bulkhead monitors (26 and 17”) are strategically placed in the Cabin to facilitate passenger crew rest viewing.

The monitors display all current standard and high-definition video resolutions available from the GCMS which uses a noiseimmune, fault-tolerant, fiber-optic distribution technology. The system adheres to the Gulfstream Cabin-Essential® design philosophy. This means most single-point failures will be resolved or mitigated automatically.

Two new Touchscreens, one using a 10” LCD screen is located in the Galley and the other using a 5.7” LCD screen is located in the Vestibule. These locations allows for easy Cabin Crew accessibility. The 10” is also used for pre-screening video sources as well as controlling a multitude of Cabin functions such as window shades; video programming presented to the Cabin Video monitors, etc.

Aircraft Cabin Systems is a leading designer and manufacturer of Cabin Inflight entertainment products in the Business and Commercial Aviation market. Video Monitors ranging in size from 10.4 to 65 inches are currently flying on various types of aircraft including those from Gulfstream, Airbus and Boeing. Gulfstream and ACS have been developing the G650 Monitors and Touchscreens since 2009. They will be standard on the Gulfstream G650.

Please visit the ACS Stand 966 at the NBAA Convention October 30 – November 1, 2012 in Orlando, FL

Aircraft Cabin Systems Announces a New Line of IFE Video Monitors for Use with the Honeywell Ovation Select™ Cabin Management System.

ACS announced today it has developed fourlarge LCD Video Monitors sized at 24”, 32”, 42” and 46” for use with the Honeywell Ovation Select™ CMS.

The Monitors include a built-in Honeywell system Decoder which allows direct connection to their very robust and open Ovation™ CMS Ethernet backbone. This permits the HD ACS Ethernet Monitors to be used with any of the cabin video sources available with the Honeywell CMS, including Blu-ray™ players that typically provide the source of 1080p HD movies.

The HD ACS Monitors use LCD panels with native resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels and use LED lamps instead of florescent lamp backlighting. This allows the monitors to be thinner, have less weight and use less power. ACS has worked very closely with Honeywell to insure successful integration of the ACS Monitors with the CMS.

ACS has recently received FAA-PMA for the 46” and 42” sizes on BBJ B737-700. Several other unannounced orders will be the basis for FAA-PMA for the 32” and 24” sizes by third quarter 2012.

The four monitors are available for ordering now.

ACS announced today it has developed a 42” Video Monitor for use with the Rockwell Collins Venue™ Cabin Management System.

The Monitors are compatible with the Rockwell Collins Venue™ CMS Blu-ray DVD Player. The player’s HD-SDI output provides up to 1080p High Definition (HD) video to the ACS monitors.

The HD ACS Monitors use LCD panels with native resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels. Using LED lamps instead of florescent lamp backlighting allows the monitors to be thinner, lighter and use less power. ACS has worked very closely with Rockwell

Collins to integrate the 42” Monitor as the first model to be developed especially for Venue™ CMS. Integration has been completed and the initial production monitors delivered.

Additional Venue™ CMS monitors in sizes 24”, 32” and 46” are under development and will be available for delivery by the third quarter 2012.

Historically, ACS began its Video Monitor business using Plasma technology and then moved to LCD technology

LCD Monitors require a light source in order to display a picture on the LCD panel.  In the case of an LCD display, the light source usually used was a series of florescent lamps in back of the LCD panel. Different manufacturers of the LCD panels used many types of lamps in an effort to display the brightest picture they could. Some were long and thin using quantities of 6 or 8 while some were folded back in a “U” shape. 

Today we still use LCD’s for our Monitors but now a new backlight source is available in many manufacturer’s panels. Instead of using florescent lamps, Light Emitting Diode (LED) Lamps are used. Different manufacturers of LCD panels can make their products much thinner, use less power and are brighter than florescent backlight LCD panels. Lower weights are achieved as well resulting from the use of LED Backlighting. 

Since early 2012 ACS has made it our policy to only use LED Backlighted LCD Panels. 

Most of our current displays use LED Backlighting as a result of that policy resulting in...

  • Up to 30% thinner
  • Up to 20% lighter
  • LED Back Light
  • True HD (1080p)