Bombardier Rebrands Global Express XRS as Global 6000

 - May 15, 2011, 7:25 AM

Bombardier on Thursday renamed its Global Express XRS with the new Global Vision flight deck as the Global 6000. The move is not all that unexpected given that the model became sandwiched between the Global 5000 and the Global 7000 and 8000, the latter two being announced in October at the NBAA Convention. The Global Vision flight deck, which separates the Global 6000 from its predecessor, is on track for entry into service in 2012. Rockwell Collins’s Pro Line Fusion–the integrated avionics suite that is the platform for Global Vision–received FAA technical standard order (TSO) approval on April 21. This set the stage for approval this year on the avionics manufacturer’s Challenger 601 testbed and certification next year on the now-rebranded Global 6000. Pro Line Fusion will include synthetic vision on a head-up display (HUD), networked capability enabling interoperability between onboard and ground systems and large high-resolution displays. The Global Vision cockpit will present information to flight crews on four large-format LCDs.