Bombardier’s Global family gets Primus Elite cockpit

 - May 3, 2010, 9:41 AM

Bombardier and Honeywell have received a supplemental type certificate (STC) to install Primus Elite LCD cockpit upgrades on Global series business jets. The cockpit upgrade for the Global 5000, Global Express and Global Express XRS is available as a retrofit or, on new aircraft, as an option.

The Primus Elite flight deck features XM graphical weather (for real-time weather data in North America), Jeppesen electronic charts and maps, video-input capability and cursor-control interface. In the future, SmartView will be certified for use with the Primus Elite LCD cockpit upgrade, according to Bombardier.

Installation requires about three weeks of downtime. It can be performed at Bombardier’s business aircraft service centers in the U.S. or at authorized service facilities for Global jets. Without the upgrade, Global series aircraft are fitted with CRT displays.

Here at EBACE 2010, Honeywell (Booth No. 7010) is also introducing the latest software upgrade for its Primus Apex avionics suite and promoting SmartView synthetic vision.

The latest software upgrade for Primus Apex is now available. It incorporates WAAS-LPV capability (wide-area augmentation system–lateral precision with vertical guidance), as well as a new trackball cursor control, XM weather and the FMS 7.1 flight management system upgrade. In addition to WAAS, the system is also compatible with other satellite-based augmentation systems, such as Europe’s EGNOS. Primus Apex can be found on the Pilatus PC-12 NG, Viking Twin Otter, Spectrum S-40 and Comp Air 12.

About SmartView, Honeywell said that in less than two years, 30 percent of Gulfstream operators have elected to install it in their PlaneView-equipped aircraft.

The latest PlaneView upgrade has several new features, including range rings to gauge the distance from terrain and obstacles. Moreover, high-resolution runway detailing is said to allow the crew to better identify the runway from which it is taking off. This is expected to reduce the risk of a runway incursion.