NBAA Convention News

Safe Flight’s Autothrottle Chosen for Challenger 3500

 - October 12, 2021, 6:00 AM

Safe Flight Instrument (Booth 865) announced at NBAA-BACE its AutoPower Automatic Throttle System (ATS) will be standard on the newly introduced Bombardier Challenger 3500. Bombardier’s selection of the autothrottle builds on the two companies’ collaboration on previous certification programs, including the Challenger 650, according to the safety systems company. 

Safe Flight is “delighted by Bombardier’s decision to make the AutoPower ATS standard on the Challenger 3500 flight deck,” said Ken Bannon, director of commercial and corporate aviation. 

The Canadian airframer is “thrilled with the enhanced cockpit experience Safe Flight’s system brings to our newly launched Challenger 3500,” said Bombardier senior v-p of sales Peter Likoray.

The AutoPower ATS will expand the capabilities of the 3500’s flight guidance and automatic flight control systems, providing more accurate, responsive, and dependable speed and thrust management, according to Safe Flight. Seamlessly integrating with the avionics system's envelope protection capabilities, the AutoPower ATS can use planned VNAV/speed profiles from the FMS and retains system availability in single-engine operation or other emergency situations.

An update of Bombardier’s super-midsize Challenger 350, the Challenger 3500’s initial production deliveries and entry into service is expected by the second half of 2022. 

Safe Flight, founded in 1946 and headquartered in White Plains, New York, is also celebrating its 75th anniversary this week at BACE and its history of innovations, which includes the development of stall warning and angle of attack indicators, automatic throttle systems, wind shear warning, and many other pioneering aircraft instrumentation and flight performance and control systems for airplanes and helicopters.