Rockwell Collins Preps Fusion for SVS Testing
Rockwell Collins plans to start flight trials early next week of the software load that will add a synthetic-vision presentation to the Pro Line Fusion avionics system in the company’s Challenger 601. Testing begun earlier this year aboard the Challenger and a Bombardier Global Express XRS centered on evaluations of the Fusion cockpit displays, integrated cursor controls, radio tuning functions, flight management systems and autopilot. The Global Express and Gulfstream G250 will be the first business jets certified with Pro Line Fusion when the test phase concludes in 2011. Test rigs for both cockpits have been installed at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and at the OEMs’ respective headquarters. In the Global series, Pro Line Fusion will be known as the Global Vision flight deck, while Gulfstream will brand the cockpit PlaneView 250. Design requirements for other Pro Line Fusion-equipped airplanes, including the Embraer Legacy 450 and 500 and Learjet 85, are currently being defined, according to the avionics maker.