This morning at the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas, Cessna Aircraft took the wraps off a clean-sheet midsize Citation–the 680A Latitude–that will compete head-to-head with the Embraer Legacy 450. The $14.995 million (2011 $) aluminum jet, which is wedged between the XLS+ and Sovereign in the Citation lineup, is expected to fly in mid-2014.
Embraer Legacy 450
Rockwell Collins has developed a touchscreen interface for the Pro Line Fusion avionics suite, the company announced on Sunday at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. While no OEM yet has ordered Pro Line Fusion with the touchscreen interface, the touchscreen capability will be certified in 2013 and it is expected to appear in future Pro Line Fusion cockpits.
Rockwell Collins announced Sunday at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh that its engineers have developed a touchscreen interface for the Pro Line Fusion avionics suite.
Rockwell Collins provided AIN with more details of the avionics for the Brazilian KC-390 military transport. The avionics company believes that Embraer’s recent choice represents a strategic win, since it is the first military application of the Pro Line Fusion suite.
Four years after unveiling its next-generation Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics suite, Rockwell Collins (Hall 4 A18) has surpassed major certification milestones. Now the company is leveraging the system up and down the civil aircraft market and across to the military market as well.
Rockwell Collins’s Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system received FAA technical standard order (TSO) approval on April 21. This sets the stage for STC approval on the avionics manufacturer’s Challenger 601 testbed and certification on the Bombardier Global Express XRS.
The FAA issued the final in a series of 50 Technical Standard Orders (TSO) for the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system last week. The next step for Fusion is the STC for installation in Rockwell Collins’s Challenger 601 test airplane followed by certification on a Bombardier Global Express XRS.
Embraer has been awarded certification of its large-cabin Legacy 650 by the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and EASA, the company announced at the NBAA convention's static display yesterday.
The $25.9 million Legacy 650, an upgrade of the Legacy 600, was announced at last year's NBAA show in Orlando, Fla., where the company vowed to have the aircraft certified in a year.
The Embraer Legacy 650 will make its public debut at the seventh Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Labace), which starts on Thursday and ends Saturday at Congonhas Airport in São Paulo, Brazil. "We are satisfied with the Legacy 650 debuting at such an important business aviation event," said Embraer Executive Jets executive vice president Luís Carlos Affonso.
An improving outlook for the airline industry and the projected continued turnaround in business aviation are converging at the perfect moment for Rockwell Collins, which has won more new avionics business in the last 24 months than any other cockpit equipment manufacturer.