In the next few years, CMC Electronics, Canada’s largest avionics maker and an important player in a number of niche markets, plans to develop an integrated avionics system for business jets that will pit the company directly against industry heavyweights Honeywell and Rockwell Collins.
The launch of the super-midsize Gulfstream G250 at October’s NBAA Convention added yet another program to the growing list of contract wins for the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system. Four OEMs have selected the Fusion cockpit to fly aboard seven business jet models spanning the Bombardier Global 5000 and Global Express XRS, Cessna Citation Columbus, Learjet 85, Embraer Legacy 450 and 500 and, now, the G250.
The launch of the super-midsize Gulfstream G250 in October added yet another program to the growing list of contract wins for the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system, an advanced cockpit now under development by the U.S. firm that is due to start appearing on the flight decks of new airplanes in 2011.
The 350i is a new version of the King Air 350 with Serenity System interior soundproofing, LED lighting, electrochromic window darkening and Rockwell Collins Venue cabin entertainment/management system. The $6.526 million King Air 350i is scheduled for FAA certification and entry into service in the third quarter next year.
Gulfstream’s new G250 super-midsize jet is the latest to feature Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line Fusion avionics suite. With three 15-inch displays and dual multifunction controllers that incorporate standby instrumentation, the G250 system–dubbed PlaneView250 by Gulfstream–also offers optional installation of Rockwell Collins’ HGS-6250 head-up guidance system. First deliveries of the G250 are planned in 2011.
Business aviation support company Arinc Direct and Rockwell Collins have been awarded a contract for the installation and certification of the Rockwell Collins eXchange satellite broadband communication system on a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ).
King Schools and Rockwell Collins signed an agreement to share online training opportunities available from the two companies.
King Schools is hosting online training for the Pro Line 21 avionics system on its Website, including programs for King Air and Hawker 800XP Pro Line 21 systems. And Rockwell Collins is hosting on its Web site King Schools’ turbine training programs.
Nextant Aerospace said it is accelerating deliveries of the 400NXT–serialized remanufactured Beechjets and Hawker 400XPs with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics and new Williams FJ44-3AP engines–to the first quarter of 2010. “We are pleased to announce the shortened delivery time for both the serialized production and retrofit 400NXT programs.
At last month’s Paris Air Show, Rockwell Collins announced certification by U.S. and Canadian authorities of the company’s Pro Line 21 cockpit in the super-midsize Bombardier Challenger 300. The flight deck contains four 12- by 10-inch LCDs and integrates a number of advanced technologies, including TCAS II and TAWS, as standard. Options include turbulence-detection weather radar and 3-D FMS navigation maps.
Rockwell Collins vice president and general manager for air transport systems Jeff Standerski and BOC Aviation CEO Robert Martin signed a contract here yesterday that will bring a suite of communications, navigation and surveillance avionics to 47 Airbus A320s due for delivery starting late this year. BOC Aviation is an aircraft leasing firm owned by the Bank of China.