New King Air 90 to fly with Collins Pro Line 21

 - May 21, 2007, 6:36 PM

Hawker Beechcraft’s latest King Air, the model C90GTi, is joining its larger siblings with a new Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite. The C90GT previously was equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line II avionics.

Included in the C90GTi Pro Line 21 package are three 8- by 10-inch LCD flight displays and Rockwell Collins’ integrated flight information system, which delivers charts, graphical weather and enhanced map overlays.

Pro Line 21 is suited to European operations, according to Rockwell Collins vice president and general manager of business and regional systems Dennis Helgeson, with the Rockwell Collins FMS-3000 multi-sensor flight management system and communications, navigation and surveillance radios that meet all European airspace requirements.

A customer for Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line 21 IDS retrofit program is displaying an airplane here at EBACE’s static area, according to Helgeson. “It is a great example of the capability we have for retrofits,” he said.

Cessna Aircraft, meanwhile, revealed that it has selected the Rockwell Collins digital cabin management system for the new Citation CJ4 business jet. The baseline CJ4 package will include the cabin management system, which offers high-definition video, audio and Airshow moving map system.

“We haven’t seen much of the demand for this kind of capability in this size airplane in the past,” said Tommy Dodson, vice president and general manager for Rockwell Collins Cabin Systems. “People in this class of airplane really want to have at least some basic entertainment capability.”