Cabin Management Systems Info

Cabin Management System in Gulfstream IV

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SmartCabin CMS from Flight Display Systems is a cabin management system designed specifically for High-Definition VIP video. You can watch Blu-ray movies in full 1080p.

Easy Installation. The Best Technology.

SmartCabin CMS is versatile enough to control the cabins of six seat turboprop aircraft up to wide body airliners. It is powered by crystal-clear OLED buttons and touchscreen VIP monitors.

Use your Apple iPad, iPhone, or iPod to enjoy portable content in-flight. Control lights and galley equipment with any Android tablet. Watch Blu-ray movies in Full HD.

Key Features, or: Why You Should Request a Free CMS Quote

  • Easy to Install
  • Easy to Understand (Icon-Driven)
  • Open Architecture
  • Remote Support Access

Contact us now for a free CMS quote on your next VIP aircraft interior project.

The Flight Display Cabin Management System is designed to provide complete cabin control via user interfaces called Cabin Control Modules (CCM). Aircraft Audio/Video sources, lights, shades, etc., can be managed from a touchscreen CCM or a combination of push button CCM from anywhere within the aircraft. The Controller Area Network (CAN) Bus works as the communication backbone for the entire system. SmartCabin CMS is highly configurable and will allow for personalized customization.


  • CAN Controller Area Network
  • CANdo Controller Area Network USB Adapter
  • CCM Cabin Control Module
  • LS Driver Low Side Driver
  • HS Driver High Side Driver
  • VCS Video Crosspoint Switch
  • ACS Audio Crosspoint Switch
  • HDVCS High Definition Video Crosspoint Switch
  • AIN Accessory Interface Node
  • OLED Organic Light Emitting Diode
  • I/O Modules Input/Output Modules
  • IFE In Flight Entertainment
  • AGC Automatic Gain Control
  • PA Pilot Announcement

STC and PMA Approval

Recently Flight Display Systems SmartCabin CMS was certified under a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) in a Gulfstream IV. The STC was completed by the Gulfstream Service Center in Savannah Georgia. Upon completion of the STC, Flight Display Systems received Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) from the FAA for all of the CMS components installed.

Flight Display Systems was awarded Parts Manufacturer Approval for the following products on STC ST03786AT-D: (Download scanned PDF)

Click here to Download Documentation and view our list of FAA PMA Approved Products

Award-Winning Customer Support

We understand that VIP aircraft operators are very concerned about risk. They don’t want to pick a CMS company that will cause their project to be late, or not function properly. You can trust Flight Display Systems because we have been awarded the #1 Support and Service award from Aviation International News for three years in a row.

Support and Service award from Aviation International News

Aircraft List

Flight Display Systems has designed and produced Cabin Management Systems for dozens of individual aircraft, including the following retrofit projects:

  • Airbus A319-CJ (Avionics Services, Brazil)
  • Boeing B727 (Cobham, South Africa)
  • Boeing B737 (Banyan, USA)
  • Boeing B757 (Associated Aero, USA)
  • Cessna Bravo (Citation Service Center – Wichita, USA)
  • Cessna Citation Mustang (The Maintenance Group, USA)
  • Challenger 601-3A (Mid-Canada, Canada)
  • Eurocopter EC145 (Eurocopter Dallas, USA)
  • Falcon 50 (RUAG, Switzerland)
  • Gulfstream GIII (IJI, USA)
  • Gulfstream GIV (Gulfstream Savannah, USA)
  • Hawker 800 (Aeron, South Africa)
  • McDonnell Douglas MD-81
  • McDonnell Douglas MD-87
  • Pilatus PC-12

Our Cabin Management System is versatile enough to meet the needs of all types of aircraft.

From a Cessna Citation Mustang to a Boeing B757, Flight Display Systems is ready for your next project.

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Controller Area Network (CAN) Bus has been around since the 1980’s. It was developed by BOSCH as a rugged and reliable way to move data around in automobiles. It has matured over the years, gaining new features and popularity. Flight Display Systems uses BASIC CAN 2.0B (ISO11898). It has remained virtually unchanged since the early 1990’s. Users familiar with RS-485 busses, popular with many Avionics vendors, will find the CAN bus familiar as it shares many of the same physical features for wiring and connectors. They both use shielded/twisted pair wires as their communication backbone. They both require some attention to wiring practices and have similar termination requirements. The CAN bus is designed specifically for “distributed master” or “peer to peer” networking compared to the necessary “Master/slave” systems required for fast data transfers on RS-485 busses.

Sample CAN Commands

CAN Command 110

Audio/Video Pause

This message is typically sent by the Audio Crosspoint Switch (FD-ACS).

Payload 1 holds the pause command. Transmission of this command will cause all IFE under CMS control to pause for one second upon recipt of this message. If a long pause is intended, this message must be repeated at least each .99 seconds. Pause may be terminated immediatly upon issuance of pause command 2. PA in progress broadcasts the status of pilot PA activity. Receiving devices will assume that a PA is no longer in progress 1 second after recipt of this message. This message must be repeated at least each .99 second during a long announcement. PA may be terminated immediatly upon issuance of PA status 2.

CAN Command 160

Audio/Video Crosspoint

If command = 1, connect the downstream port specified with payloads 2 and 6 to the upstream ports specified in payloads 3 and 7.

If command = 2, set the volume control to the percentage specified with payload 4. (only downstream channel 9/18/27 is affected by volume control)

if command = 3, enable compression on the the upstream port specified with payload 3

if command = 4, disable compression on the the upstream port specified with payload 3

When using the zone for switching audio and/or video set payload 1 = 0×01 then place the desired zone to be affected in payload 5. Then all that needs to be specified is the requested audio/video channel to switch to. Leave the output channel set to 0×00.

CAN Command 161

High Definition Video Crosspoint Switch 0A1

Payload 1, HD Video Output port = Which Output port to affect

Payload 2, Requested HD Video input port = Which input port to connect to.

CAN Command 170


CAN commands for front panel and remote are:

0 = STOP, 1 = EJECT, 2 = REWIND, 3 = PLAY, 4 = FFWD, 5 = OK

Payload 1 – Which Blue Ray player,

Payload 2 – Front Panel command,

Payload 3 – 8 unused

Command 168 offers more functionality than this one. Either command may be used.

CAN Command 230


Payload 1 – Command, 0 = None, 1 = raise, 2 = lower, 3 = halt

Payload 2 – Which group. Up to 8 groups can be individually affected at the same time.

Payload 3-8 Unused

Up to 8 Window Shade groups are supported. Groups are defined in a project by project basis. Group examples: Left side shades, right side, left side fore, left side aft, lav, fore cabin, aft stateroom.

Hardware that supports shades will time the activation of each interface switch. Once the Full Raise or Full lower command is issued, then the receiving device will power the window shade appropriatly for each make and model number shade that we support.

We do not expect that all window shades will raise and lower at the same rate, so user must expect mixed results with using this command to get all shades to be precisly half open.

A CAN command to halt motion is also supported.