Flight Display Systems manufactured FAA/PMA approved in-flight entertainment systems for private and commercial aircraft.
The company was founded in 1999 by David Gray. Today, David runs the new avionics company called Airtext. It allows passengers to send in-flight text messages for five cents per message.
Flight Display Systems was sold to a private equity company in 2014. Read about the sale, and more about the company history, on Nick Gray’s blog here.
The most popular products included:
- Ellipse Direct Satellite TV
- Flight Display Moving Map (FD200CPU)
- Jet Jukebox
- DVD players (FD932DVD)
- 7- to 42-inch LCD cabin monitors
- Ceiling, wall and arm mounts
- Three channel wireless audio (FD900X3)
- Cockpit cameras (FD600CAM-2)
- Audio/video splitters
Here’s a brief timeline of events and activities associated with Flight Display Systems:
- 1999: Company founded by David Gray
- 2002: First FAA/PMA approval
- 2002: First STC announced
- 2003: First employee hired, Angel Rodriguez
- 2004: Second employee hired, Jay Healey
- 2005: Moving Map second-generation FD200CPU-4 launched
- 2006: Launch of Ellipse Direct, an in-flight satellite TV product
- 2007: XM Satellite radio integration announced
- 2008: Major launch of Military & Special Mission product line
- 2008: The Flipper cockpit LCD product gets FAA PMA
- 2013: 70 employees
- 2014: Company sold (press release)
Editor’s note: This is a draft timeline and requires editorial review and updating for accuracy.