An improving outlook for the airline industry and the projected continued turnaround in business aviation are converging at the perfect moment for Rockwell Collins, which has won more new avionics business in the last 24 months than any other cockpit equipment manufacturer.
Embraer Legacy 450
About 50 hours of test flying remains before Rockwell Collins will submit the certification paperwork to the FAA for its Pro Line Fusion integrated cockpit, which will serve as the baseline avionics system for Gulfstream’s G250 and Bombardier’s Global Express XRS and Global 5000 when approvals are completed next year.
Rockwell Collins test pilots spent part of their winter in Alaska putting the synthetic-vision portion of the avionics maker’s new Pro Line Fusion cockpit through its paces in one of the most demanding flight environments in the world.
Embraer is ahead of schedule in achieving its self-imposed 2005 goal of becoming “a major player in the business aviation market by 2015.” The Brazilian manufacturer has come to EBACE with four examples of its current product range–the Phenom 100 and 300 light jets, the super-midsize Legacy 600 and the large-cabin Lineage 1000.
The next new aircraft development program for Embraer comprises the Legacy 450 and 500, and as initial parts begin manufacture, Embraer is testing manufacturing processes, including quality and maturity tests to assess aircraft equipment under vibration and high-altitude conditions. These tests are conducted in advanced testing chambers at the company’s facilities and at supplier locations.
Embraer said production of the Legacy 500’s first parts has begun at suppliers’ facilities. The nose and main landing-gear forgings arrived at Heroux-Devtek in Canada and are now machined. Meggitt performed the first forgings for the wheels and brakes, while Sonaca began the first trials for stretching the rear fuselage panels at its facilities in Gosselies, Belgium.
In a progress report issued yesterday for the Legacy 450 and 500 programs, Embraer said production of the Legacy 500’s first parts has begun at suppliers’ facilities. The nose and main landing-gear forgings arrived at Heroux-Devtek in Canada and were machined in the fall.
Rockwell Collins has started flight trials of the synthetic-vision portion of the Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system in a company-owned Challenger 601, adding one of the last–and most highly anticipated–features to the new avionics system.
Looking ahead to an economic recovery, and to fulfilling its stated intention to become a major player in the business aviation industry, Embraer provided one of
the surprises at the NBAA Convention last month by introducing a new business jet–the large-cabin Legacy 650.
Embraer provided one of the major surprises at the NBAA convention yesterday by introducing a new business jet: the large-cabin Legacy 650.
According to Luis Carlos Affonso, executive vice president, Embraer Executive Jets, development of the 650 began last year and even as the bottom dropped out of the market in late 2008, the Brazilian OEM chose to view the crisis as “an opportunity” and to continue “with no hesitation at all.”