ACI Jet has finished the first of three Collins Pro Line Fusion touchscreen flight deck upgrades on the Bombardier Challenger 604. The installation was completed concurrently with the aircraft’s scheduled 192-month inspection at the MRO’s facility in San Luis Obispo, California.
“As with every first, we set reasonable timeline expectations and focused on clear communication with our customer throughout,” stated Brian Ford, head of the avionics team for ACI Jet. “Our relationship with Collins Aerospace and their support network is such that we were able to rely upon them for quick and accurate guidance when we encountered nuances that every major installation faces.”
According to the company, the aircraft was delivered on time and “squawk free.” While the installation was not a first for the Challenger 604, ACI Jet, a Bombardier-authorized service facility, is now one of the few MROs outside of Bombardier’s owned service center network that have completed the Fusion upgrade on the type.
Done in the spirit of the company’s “Fly like new” promise to customers, the Pro Line Fusion upgrade features many of the same capabilities and technological improvements found on Bombardier’s current-production Challenger 650. The significant gains in both system performance and reliability over the legacy avionics suite make the upgrade a cost-effective way to modernize an aircraft rather than purchasing a new one, according to ACI Jet.