Pro Line Fusion coming to Global line

 - September 26, 2007, 11:32 AM

Bombardier is bringing Rockwell Collins’ new Pro Line Fusion cockpit to the Global Express XRS and 5000 as long-overdue replacements for the airplanes’ Honeywell Primus 2000XP avionics.

Migrating from six CRT screens to four large-format LCDs will allow Bombardier to add synthetic vision, enhanced vision, electronic charting and other advanced capabilities to its top-of-the line models. The Bombardier Global Vision cockpit will also include an LCD head-up guidance system from Rockwell Collins and a CMC SureSight enhanced-vision system, as well as leather cockpit seating and a more ergo-nomically friendly layout.

The avionics supplier switch gives Bombardier an all-Collins bizjet fleet, from the Learjet 40XR through the Challenger 605 and now the Global line. Bombardier was the last holdover among the major business jet manufacturers to switch to LCD flat-panel displays after others chose versions of Honeywell’s Primus Epic avionics system for their top models.

Scheduled for certification in late 2010 and service entry the following year, the cockpit will feature 15-inch-diagonal displays integrating synthetic scenes with real-time enhanced-vision imagery, a first for a business jet. The Pro Line Fusion cockpit will also incorporate multi-scan weather radar and, eventually, voice-recognition technology and controller-pilot datalink communications.