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Thomas Global Systems
pioneers component
repair process
S T O R Y

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C H R I S T I N E

housands of aircraft still fly
equipped with cathode ray tube
displays with airliners and military
comprising most of the fleet. For those
operators wishing to repair rather than
replace their avionics, Thomas Global
Systems offers expertise that dates back
to the company's founding in 1956.
Called Thomas Electronics at the time,
the Australian business manufactured
cathode ray tubes for televisions as well
as CRT assemblies for the Royal Australian Air Force's
F/A-18 aircraft and the Royal Australian Navy's Seahawk
helicopters.
Nearly 60 years of experience has given Thomas
proficiency very few can match. Today, the privately held
company is part of a larger group with facilities in Sydney,
Australia, and Irvine, Calif. It specializes in missioncritical electronics systems for aerospace and defense
with particular strength in all types of display technology,
especially CRTs.
"In aviation electronics, we are the world's leading
vendor of support for CRT EFIS (electronic flight instrument
systems) used in a wide variety of aircraft, including
Boeing, Airbus, ATR, Bombardier and Fokker," said Angus
Hutchinson, chief operating officer for Thomas Global
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"There are thousands of airliners and military
aircraft flying today that still use CRTs. ...The
CRT market is still extremely large, and we
expect it will remain so for some time."
ANGUS HUTCHINSON, COO for Thomas Global Systems

Systems. "We also have a growing range of LCD (liquid
crystal display)-based products and support capabilities."
To keep CRTs flying, the company pioneered a
unique component repair process that repairs and
replaces individual components, rather than the entire
CRT assembly. This capability provides a cost-efficient
alternative to whole-part replacement.
"With our experience in obsolescence management,
we can help operators sustain legacy avionics even where
OEM (original equipment manufacturer) support might
have been discontinued," Hutchinson said. "LCDs are the
way of the future, but there are many, many operators,
including global and regional airlines, as well as MROs
(maintenance, repair and overhaul) and military operators,
who still rely on CRT cockpit technology. Some aircraft
are still being built new with CRTs. We provide an



Avionics News April 2014

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News April 2014

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View From Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
Beltway Briefing
Before & After
Avionics Business International
Member Profile
Wholesale Perspective
A Conversation With...
Member Profile
AEAviators
Marketing Report Card
What's Working
Business Basics
What's New
Marketplace Classifieds
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