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.”

The €1 million project took approximately 2500 manhours to complete and features VIP seating for 12 passengers which includes high gloss carbon fibre veneer surfaces, soft furnishings in tasteful shades of grey, polished smoked nickel with glossy clear coat metal platings throughout and stylish white marble countertops and stone floors in the galley and restroom.

FAI Technik completes extensive Challenger 604 refurb project

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The €1 million project took approximately 2500 manhours to complete and features VIP seating for 12 passengers which includes high gloss carbon fibre veneer surfaces, soft furnishings in tasteful shades of grey, polished smoked nickel with glossy clear coat metal platings throughout and stylish white marble countertops and stone floors in the galley and restroom.

Nuremberg, Germany-based MRO, FAI Technik GmbH, part of the FAI Aviation Group, has completed its latest full refurbishment, a pre-owned Bombardier Challenger 604 (MSN 5412) on behalf of a corporate client.

The €1 million project took approximately 2500 manhours to complete and features VIP seating for 12 passengers which includes high gloss carbon fibre veneer surfaces, soft furnishings in tasteful shades of grey, polished smoked nickel with glossy clear coat metal platings throughout and stylish white marble countertops and stone floors in the galley and restroom. The luxury interior is complemented by Gogo´s Aviator 300 with intermediate gain antenna, Wi-Fi internet and Collins´ Airshow 500 installation.

“FAI Technik has successfully completed another highly demanding, first-class interior refurbishment project, following the completion of our standout Global Express ‘Project Pearl’ in 2020. This latest project further reinforces FAI Technik´s competency in turnkey refurbishments at flat rate pricing,” said Siegfried Axtmann, FAI´s Group Chairman.

FCC installs its first Ka-band system on Bombardier Challenger 604.

Flying Colours Corp set for its first Challenger 604 Ka-band install

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FCC installs its first Ka-band system on Bombardier Challenger 604.

Flying Colours has begun its first Ka-band installation on a super-mid-size, privately owned Bombardier Challenger 604.

As part of a wider 96-month heavy maintenance check the Flying Colours Corp. avionics team will equip the aircraft with a Honeywell JetWave Ka-band high-speed satcom system. Installation of a tail-mounted antenna, internal wiring, and fitting of a Satcom Direct Router (SDR) will optimise cabin connectivity and Wi-Fi access in-flight.

“The installation of Ka-band on larger jets is the norm, but this is the first Challenger 604 that we have upgraded to the high-speed offering. It highlights the growing importance of connectivity across the aviation spectrum,” said Executive VP, Flying Colours, Eric Gillespie. “Our customer recognised the many benefits of the higher frequency service and how it enhances the flight experience, especially on international flights. The upgrade was available through the Bombardier Service Bulletin and we’re excited to make the installation. Looking forward we anticipate we’ll be seeing more requests for faster connectivity solutions on a wider number of airframe sizes as connectivity becomes a lead priority for owners and operators.”

ALTO Aviation new cabin audio upgrade program specifically designed for retrofit Challenger aircraft 601, 604, and 605

ALTO Aviation introduces new cabin audio upgrade solution for retrofit Challenger aircraft

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ALTO Aviation new cabin audio upgrade program specifically designed for retrofit Challenger aircraft 601, 604, and 605

ALTO Aviation has introduced a new cabin audio upgrade program specifically designed for retrofit Challenger aircraft 601, 604, and 605.

Former Audio International (AI) digital Cabin Management Systems implemented serially controlled amps and integrated A/V components. To effectively bypass this system limitation, an RS-485 databus reader was added to an ALTO DZ-290 amp to interpret audio settings for audio selection, volume levels, EQ presets, and speaker on/off. This serial databus reader allows the existing AI CMS to remain intact but will enable ALTO to control the audio path from source to amplification; this way, ALTO can get the best audio signal directly to the ALTO amp and control the system in tandem with the existing CMS. This integration is vital to preserving the existing AI architecture and minimising the impact on the currently installed CMS.

Former Baker systems typically employ traditional analogue amps that can be easily replaced by ALTO components. Often, internal PA audio distribution is sent through the amps. Most Baker Cabin Management Systems can remain intact with minimal impact and redesign. A more comprehensive solution is required when former Baker M2060 and M3070 amps are employed.

Many AI and Baker speakers may be replaced with 100% fit-compatible ALTO speakers, making the installation easy and seamless. ALTO Aviation offers several loudspeaker models with adapter brackets to fit into the same mounting hole patterns. These brackets make the installation very simple, a real “remove and replace” alternative that simplifies the upgrade path.

“The Challenger aircraft is a top-rated upgrade program for ALTO, and customers appreciate the great sound when they get a new ALTO audio system. By reusing the same PSU grills and implementing 100% fit compatible speakers, we help keep the installation costs low, making it an attractive sale to the customer. Every ALTO audio system is supported with an onsite custom tuning by an ALTO audio engineer to ensure peak performance. So, whether the upgrade is to simply make the cabin audio system sound better or to complement your new CMS upgrade to HD monitors, we can help,” said Kevin Hayes, VP of Sales & Marketing.

ACI Jet Challenger 604 HD upgrade

ACI Jet completes in-flight entertainment upgrade

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ACI Jet Challenger 604 HD upgrade

California-based business jet maintenance, repair and overhaul provider, ACI Jet has completed the first installation of HD video conversion hardware on a Challenger 604 aircraft from its Bombardier authorised service facility (ASF).

The company completed the installation of Innovative Advantage’s AVDS Node Box on a 2005 Challenger 604 during a visit which included other cabin upgrades and modifications. For in-flight connectivity, the existing Gogo Biz classic ATG system was upgraded to Gogo’s Avance L5 4G internet, enabling Gogo Vision on the newly installed Innovative Advantage system. Within the cabin, two brand new HD Rosen displays were added, replacing the existing Baker standard definition LCD monitors.

“This Innovative Advantage IFE backbone unlocks something totally unique in that it offers an incremental approach to upgrading your cabin experience,” stated Brian Ford, avionics manager for ACI Jet. “The system is capable of anything as small as a single device upgrade for high-definition video up through a multi-device, multi-hub cabin management system and anything and everything in between.”

“The aircraft owners we represent almost universally demand that the finer touches be accounted for when servicing their aircraft,” stated Dave Jensen, ACI Jet’s SVP of aircraft maintenance. “Whether coming out of paint or meeting with interior designers to ensure that every pattern, every material and the sources that we are using meet their exact specifications, they have an eye for detail. Astonishingly, standard definition video on ageing, small displays is often the first impression when boarding, and our clients are recognising this. They now have a turnkey option to make their in-flight entertainment experience match their exacting standards, and it happens to be quite affordable.”