Textron Aviation Expands Citation FDM Service Options

 - December 18, 2020, 11:34 AM
Starting with the Cessna Citation CJ4, Textron Aviation is offering new flight data monitoring options for Citations equipped with Aircraft Recording System II. (Photo: Textron Aviation)

New flight data monitoring (FDM) options will be available for Cessna Citations equipped with Aircraft Recording System II (AReS II), Textron Aviation announced this week. Starting with the CJ4 and through the Wichita airframer’s proprietary LinxUs data reporting ecosystem, operators of those AReS II-equipped twinjets are now able to wirelessly transfer their flight data to one of two flight operational quality assurance (FOQA) providers, L3Harris Technologies’s Flight Data Connect service or Safran Electronics & Defense’s CassiopĂ©e Flight Data Monitoring solution.

In addition to identifying potential maintenance issues, FDM provides feedback to pilots for improving decision making and enhancing training. “At Textron Aviation, we are always looking for ways to enhance the aircraft ownership experience,” said senior-vp of customer support Brian Rohloff. “Our innovative LinxUs FDM program enables customers to improve their operational efficiency, training, and reliability by transferring their flight data to one of two customer-selected data management providers.”

Textron Aviation expects to expand the program to include other Cessna aircraft equipped with AReS II. In addition, the company is working on other aftermarket FDM solutions that it anticipates will roll-out in 2021.