Viking Launches Avionics Upgrade for Its Fire Bombers

 - March 19, 2019, 11:42 AM
Based on the Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion cockpit, Viking Air's avionics upgrade program for the CL-215T and CL-415 promises to keep the aerial firefighting turboprop twins, current with regulations and technology for the next quarter century.

Canada-based Viking Air Limited has launched an avionics upgrade program for the Canadair CL-215T and CL-415 fleet of water bombers. Designed around the Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion avionics suite, it will provide modernization in communications, navigation, surveillance, and air traffic management, which will address current regulatory requirements and those in the future, according to Viking, which since 2016 has owned the type certificates for the aircraft.

The upgraded Pro Line flight deck includes flight director, flight management system coupled with SBAS-GP and LPV capability, terrain awareness warning system, ADS-B Out, synthetic vision, crew alerting system display indicators, and a multifunction keyboard panel with dual cursor controls. Available options include satcom, Latitude Technologies Ionode system, weather radar, and autopilot.

The upgrade will be available either as a complete modification, including supply and installation, or as a parts kit for installation by an approved maintenance repair organization.

“The Pro Line Fusion’s advanced technology will be the backbone for the evolution and support of these incredible aircraft for the next 25-plus years, and I am excited to see this integrated avionics suite equipping current CL fleets, as well as the new Viking CL-415EAF Enhanced Aerial Firefighter,” said Gregory Davis, the airframer’s v-p for customer service and product support. “This system will form the basis for any new production aircraft, allowing for seamless interoperability and maintainability between new and legacy aircraft.”