Avionics Update: Collins Pro Line 21 Continuum certified in Citation III
Rockwell Collins announced that its Pro Line 21 Continuum retrofit cockpit system has been certified in the Cessna Citation III, bringing to six the total number of aircraft approved to fly with Continuum. The Citation installation, performed by Columbia Avionics of Columbia, Mo., included a trio of flat-panel FDS-2000 five-inch adaptive liquid-crystal flight displays, dual Collins AHS-3000A solid-state attitude heading and reference systems (AHRS) and TWR-850 turbulence weather radar. Collins Pro Line 21 Continuum offers capabilities that are designed to increase performance and ease pilot workload, including data communications, uplinked graphical weather and 3-D flight plan maps. The system is also intended to support future functionality for enhanced mapping, electronic charting and improved terrain awareness. New capabilities, as they are added to the system, will be managed through on-screen menus that Collins said simplify the “human-machine interface” and reduce installation complexity. Meanwhile, Gulfstream announced that it is seeking an STC to perform installation of Continuum in the Challenger 601 at its modification facilities in Dallas, Appleton, Wis., and Westfield, Mass.