Rockwell Collins Announced Pro Line 21 Advanced

 - May 22, 2013, 10:45 AM

Bombardier’s new Challenger 350 will feature an upgraded flight deck based on the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 suite, but marketed by Bombardier as the Pro Line 21 Advanced. The Advanced version brings new capabilities to Pro Line 21 and will also be available as a retrofit on Challenger 300s.

New capabilities that Pro Line 21 Advanced brings to the Challenger 300/350 include synthetic vision, FANS 1/A, ADS-B OUT, CPDLC, RNP basic and authorization required and LPV guidance. The Rockwell Collins MultiScan Threat Detection System radar will also be available for both the Challenger 300 and 350. MultiScan reduces pilot workload by automatically identifying weather and turbulence.

Another Pro Line 21 Advanced feature is the latest version of the Rockwell Collins integrated flight information system (IFIS) with XM satellite weather (available in North America), global weather via datalink and paperless display of charts, maps and documents. The IFIS also is integrated with Rockwell Collins’s Ascend Flight Information Manager system, which allows operators to update maintenance and flight operations data, including avionics databases, wirelessly anywhere in the world.

Piaggio Upgrade

On Tuesday Rockwell Collins and Piaggio announced an upgrade program for the Piaggio Avanti P180 twin turboprop. The program, available from Ruag Aviation, allows operators to upgrade their Pro Line 4 avionics to Pro Line 21.

The Pro Line 21 P180 cockpit will be equipped with three or four 10- by 8-inch LCDs and Rockwell Collins’s IFIS, plus a new FMS and GPS-4000 that enables Waas LPV and space-based augmentation system with vertical guidance approaches.

“This upgrade provides enabling flight deck technologies that allow P180 operators to take operational advantage of current and future communication, navigation and surveillance capabilities,” said Claude Alber, Rockwell Collins v-p and managing director for Europe, Middle East and Africa.