StandardAero Business Aviation received Brazilian ANAC approval of its Honeywell Primus Elite (DU-875) STC. This follows approval by Transport Canada, and EASA approval is expected soon. The STC replaces the aging CRT cockpit displays on the Falcon 900C/EX with modern LCD displays. StandardAero developed the original STC in March 2011 and was the first MRO certified to perform the installation of Primus Elite on the Falcon 900C/EX.
Primus Aircraft Management Solutions, provider of Camos, asset and airworthiness review services, launched a new sister company, Primus Logistics. “The objective is to support operators locating spare parts in AOG situations and source or deliver such parts to the aircraft in the quickest way possible,” said Stephan Krainer, general manager of Primus.
The Legacy 650, the newest addition to Embraer’s growing choice of business jets, will fly with Honeywell Primus Elite avionics, a new product offering that will bring XM graphical weather capability, video display link and Jeppesen electronic charts to the cockpit, all of it accessible with a cursor-control graphical interface.
Dassault Falcon 900C and 900EX owners will soon be able to receive flight-deck facelifts, thanks to a Honeywell retrofit program announced at last month’s NBAA Convention by StandardAero. The company will be the launch partner for the program and will generate the first STC for Honeywell’s DU-875 in a program that is expected to be completed late next year.
Calling it one of the most complex design efforts ever undertaken in the field of avionics, Honeywell engineering executives were popping champagne corks last month in celebration of the freshly issued FAA papers certifying the Primus Epic integrated avionics system.
To serve as a training aid for pilots who are about to strap into Dassault’s new Falcon 900EX with the Primus Epic EASy cockpit, Honeywell and FlightSafety plan to provide PC-based training software. FlightSafety instructors will use the software in the classroom to familiarize aviators with the modern cockpit before hands-on training in a full-flight simulator.
Two more OEMs–Spectrum Aeronautical and Viking Air– have selected Honeywell’s Primus Apex avionics suite. Spectrum selected Apex for its S-40 Freedom midsize jet and Viking Air for the resurrected DHC-6-400 Twin Otter. This brings to four the number of airplanes that will feature the Primus Apex suite, the other two being Grob’s SPn and the new Pilatus PC-12 NG, which is the first Primus Apex-equipped airplane to enter service.
Honeywell has delivered an LCD-based Primus Epic avionics system to Gulfstream in Savannah, Ga., for flight trials of the GV-SP, a follow-on to the GV that replaces the jet’s current CRT-based Primus 2000 avionics system. The Primus Epic system for the GV-SP, called PlaneVeiw, includes four 14.1-in.-diagonal flat-panel displays and the I-NAV enhanced moving map that provides a 360-deg view of nearby terrain.