About 50 hours of test flying remains before Rockwell Collins will submit the certification paperwork to the FAA for its Pro Line Fusion integrated cockpit, which will serve as the baseline avionics system for Gulfstream’s G250 and Bombardier’s Global Express XRS and Global 5000 when approvals are completed next year.
Bombardier Challenger 600
Rockwell Collins test pilots spent part of their winter in Alaska putting the synthetic-vision portion of the avionics maker’s new Pro Line Fusion cockpit through its paces in one of the most demanding flight environments in the world.
Demand for charter flights picked up during April, with the demand index generated by online charter portal Avinode standing at 117.86 on April 30, some 40 points up from the end of March, when the index stood at 77.21. The April 30 index was also almost 30 points up from the same day last year when it stood at 88.57. Charter rates have also shown some increases.
Silentium Air has received FAA STC approval for its Silentium Air 300 soundproofing system for the Bombardier Challenger 300. According to Nicholas Houseman, the company’s president, the system will “generally reduce overall cabin noise levels by at least three decibels, which approximately represents an average 30-percent reduction in perceived noise throughout the cabin.
Rockwell Collins has started flight trials of the synthetic-vision portion of the Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system in a company-owned Challenger 601, adding one of the last–and most highly anticipated–features to the new avionics system.
Bombardier CL-600-2B16, Vineyard Haven, Mass., Sept. 27, 2009–The twinjet suffered substantial damage to its nose section following a rough landing at Martha’s Vineyard Airport. The Challenger had been cleared for an ILS approach and was approximately 15 to 20 feet above the runway when it encountered wind shear, resulting in a reported 25-knot loss in airspeed.
Capital Aviation (Booth No. 4442) of Bethany, Okla., has gained a supplemental type certificate (STC) for an upgrade of the Challenger 600 series that includes a Universal Avionics Waas-capable flight management system, EFI-890R display upgrade and terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS). The initial upgrade
When is a business jet not a business jet?–When it has been developed into a regional jet that has been converted into a corporate jet. Some of those conversions, such as that of the Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet Series 200 (CRJ200), itself based on the CL-600 Challenger business jet, have enjoyed mixed fortunes.
Rockwell Collins plans to start flight trials early next week of the software load that will add a synthetic-vision presentation to the Pro Line Fusion avionics system in the company’s Challenger 601. Testing begun earlier this year aboard the Challenger and a Bombardier Global Express XRS centered on evaluations of the Fusion cockpit displays, integrated cursor controls, radio tuning functions, flight management systems and autopilot.
An anemic market for business jets and the recent loss of a major customer will have no effect on the flight-test schedule or certification of the Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system, according to manufacturer Rockwell Collins.