Rockwell Collins plans to start flight trials early next week of the software load that will add a synthetic-vision presentation to the Pro Line Fusion avionics system in the company’s Challenger 601. Testing begun earlier this year aboard the Challenger and a Bombardier Global Express XRS centered on evaluations of the Fusion cockpit displays, integrated cursor controls, radio tuning functions, flight management systems and autopilot.
Bombardier Challenger 600
An anemic market for business jets and the recent loss of a major customer will have no effect on the flight-test schedule or certification of the Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system, according to manufacturer Rockwell Collins.
Lufthansa Technik yesterday introduced an upgraded NICE (networked integrated cabin equipment) in-flight entertainment and cabin management system focused on new ways to control the various systems.
The improved wireless controller is a hand-held touch-screen device featuring a color graphical user interface. When not in use, it can now be mounted in four different cradle types for storage and recharging.
An anemic market for business jets and the recent loss of a major customer will have no effect on the flight test schedule or certification of the Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system, according to manufacturer Rockwell Collins.
Scheduled delivery of the first Project Phoenix CRJ conversion this month marks the introduction of the latest corporate variation of the Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet Series 200 family.
Innotech Aviation, which supports Bombardier Challengers and Globals and is a preferred completion center specializing in Globals, has renewed its authorized service facility (ASF) agreement with Bombardier. The agreement covers all Challenger 600/800 series and Globals.
Challenger Spares & Support acquired a full ship set of a Bombardier Global for parts, adding that aircraft to its inventory. The company is also expanding into covering the Global 5000 and structural component repairs on the Gulfstream 550.
The cost of maintaining older Bombardier Challengers and Globals can be reduced by as much as 50 percent under Challenger Spares & Support’s cost-containment program, according to Steve Davis, president of the Georgetown, Texas-based company. CSS provides airframe and engine component repairs for the Bombardier Challenger, Global 5000 and Global Express.
Five executives and a pilot associated with now-defunct Platinum Jet Management have been charged in connection with the 2005 crash of a Challenger 600 following an aborted takeoff at Teterboro (N.J.) Airport. Arrested yesterday were Platinum Jet Management president Michael Brassington; his brother and vice president Paul Brassington; managing member Andrew Budhan; and director of maintenance Brien McKenzie.
Bombardier has selected Revue Thommen’s AD20 two-inch electronic standby altimeter as a retrofit option for the Challenger 601-3A/3R and 604. According to the Swiss avionics specialist, the AD20 is the first electronic standby altimeter designed to RTCA DO-178B standards with software level A required for installation on Part 25-certified jets.