StandardAero has delivered its first Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion modification/upgrade on a Bombardier Challenger 604.

StandardAero upgrade cockpit for Bombardier Challenger 604

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StandardAero has delivered its first Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion modification/upgrade on a Bombardier Challenger 604.

StandardAero has delivered its first Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion modification/upgrade on a Bombardier Challenger 604. The first installation aircraft departed StandardAero’s Springfield, Illinois maintenance facility on 24 September 2021.

The installation was supported by a Collins Aerospace Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) and the Pro Line Fusion upgrade removes the existing cathode ray tube displays and replaces them with touchscreen capable liquid crystal displays. The modification allows for features such as LPV, synthetic vision, multi-scan radar, graphical weather and FANS-1/A, giving operators more functionality and situational awareness in the cockpit. The modification also addresses obsolescence issues inherent to the existing CRT displays.

The total work scope on this Challenger 604 aircraft also included the installation of a Collins Aerospace Venue Cabin Management System and a complete cabin interior refresh.

“The Fusion upgrade helps to keep this aircraft on the leading edge, well into the future, with enhanced capabilities and staying pace with the functionality of current production aircraft coming off the assembly line,” said Mike Creek, Avionics Sales Manager for StandardAero Business Aviation. “Operators are showing a lot of interest in these upgrades and we expect continued demand throughout this year and next.”

Dassault Falcon 900B flight deck

CJG secures Falcon 900B STC for InSight

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Dassault Falcon 900B flight deck

Chicago Jet Group (CJG) has received FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for Universal Avionics’ (UA) InSight Flight Deck Upgrade on the Dassault Falcon 900B.

The solutions for the Falcon 900B Flight Deck Upgrade are designed to allow operators to choose from a Phase One or Phase Two Package.

Phase One replaces the NZ-2000 FMS by adding dual UA UNS-1Fw SBAS-FMSs including LP and LPV approach capabilities, a CVR-120A Cockpit Voice Recorder, and UniLink UL-801 Communications Management Unit. This solution offers capabilities for FANS 1/A+ CPDLC, European ATN B1, and Push-to-Load (required by the FAA for Domestic US CPDLC, departure, and en-route clearances).

In Phase Two, the InSight Integrated Flight Deck Solution replaces the legacy EDZ-800 EFIS System with four UA InSight EFI-1040 Displays, dual Touch EFIS Control Display Units (ECDU), dual Alphanumeric Keyboards (ANK), and the Mid-Continent SAM MD-302 Standby Attitude Module, for a weight savings of more than 250 pounds. CJG’s STC options include upgraded dual integrated audio control panels, Iridium-based Safety Voice SATCOM for the cockpit, and enhanced LED Cockpit lighting.

CJG’s two-phase installation offers Falcon 900B owner/operators flexibility in budget and downtime coordination. The most comprehensive installation offers both Phase One and Phase Two during a single downtime event.

“The InSight Display System continues to gain significant momentum in the market, with nine STCs available or in advanced development, demonstrating the scalability of the system for business aviation,” said Dror Yahav, UA Chief Executive Officer. “Upcoming upgrades for Enhanced Flight Vision Systems and Flight Deck Connectivity will bring the updated airplane into the front line of business jets,” he added.

“The InSight Display System elevates the Falcon 900B to a NextGen world-class aircraft,” said Mike Mitera, Chicago Jet Group President. “Owner/operators will see immediate results in safety of flight, increased aircraft value, and a lower operating cost thanks to the increased reliability of the Universal Avionics equipment over the original OEM cockpit design. Most importantly, this sustainable technology is available today. As we look to 2022, Chicago Jet Group expects to add to this solution a fifth display for engine indication, and RNP-AR approach capability – a solution extensively tested already.”

Chicago Jet Group (CJG) has selected Latitude Technologies Corp’s DL150 Satellite Data Unit as a core connectivity element in its NextGen Pro•Link solution and respective Supplemental Type Certificate (STC).

Chicago Jet Group upgrades avionics with Latitude

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Chicago Jet Group (CJG) has selected Latitude Technologies Corp’s DL150 Satellite Data Unit as a core connectivity element in its NextGen Pro•Link solution and respective Supplemental Type Certificate (STC).

Chicago Jet Group (CJG) has selected Latitude Technologies Corp’s DL150 Satellite Data Unit as a core connectivity element in its NextGen Pro•Link solution and respective Supplemental Type Certificate (STC).

The DL150 is a critical part of the avionics upgrade supporting global satellite-based connectivity enabling Oceanic Controller-Pilot Data Link including ADS-C, FANS 1/A+ and ACARS services.

The NextGen Pro•Link upgrade meets the global compliance requirements for the Gulfstream G200, Falcon 50/50EX, and Falcon 2000/2000EX. The overall upgrade, it is claimed, is a cost-effective and high-performance Dual FMS upgrade path for classic Dassault Falcon aircraft models and the Gulfstream G200.

Upgrading to the FANS 1/A+ Satcom Data Link with the high-performance Latitude DL150 is a proven winner for us that enables cost savings for operators on their avionics upgrade,” stated Mike Mitera, General Manager, CJG. “The DL150 is an undisputed leader in data link performance, and we look forward to our continued partnership with Latitude Technologies.”

“We are very pleased to be working with Chicago Jet Group on this project. The DL150 has consistently proven itself a robust data satcom solution,” commented Ray Larkin, Executive Aviation, Latitude Technologies. “This is an important element in bringing affordable FANS 1/A+ upgrade solutions to the executive jet operator.”