Avionics Selected For FOUR New Jets; Certified On LearJet
Rockwell Collins has
reason to celebrate as the first "official" day of the 2006
National Business Aviation Association Conference kicks off in
Orlando. You see, the avionics manufacturer's popular and capable
Pro Line 21 avionics suite has been selected as standard equipment
on not one... not two, or even three... but FOUR new bizjet models,
coming from two manufacturers.
Cessna announced Monday it has selected the Pro Line 21 avionics
as standard equipment for its new CJ4 and XLS+ aircraft. The XLS+
is scheduled to enter into service in 2008, with the CJ4 arriving
two years later.
"This program win marks the continued expansion of our proven
Pro Line 21 avionics in the Cessna family of aircraft," said Denny
Helgeson, vice president and general manager of Business and
Regional Systems for Rockwell Collins. "We look forward to working
closely with Cessna to provide an avionics solution that will
increase commonality across the Citation fleet, while improving
operational efficiency and situational awareness for their
The Pro Line 21 avionics suites on the CJ4 and XLS+ features
four eight-inch by 10-inch active matrix liquid crystal displays
(AMLCDs) in a portrait configuration. The system includes Rockwell
Collins Pro Line 21 CNS radio suite, integrated radio tuning,
integrated Engine Indication and Crew Alerting System (EICAS),
weather radar and Integrated Flight Information System (IFIS).
With over 70 orders already claimed by Cessna for the XLS alone,
those contracts should keep workers at Rockwell Collins busy for a
long time... but wait, there's more -- as Raytheon Aircraft Company
also announced Monday its selection of the Pro Line 21 system, and
Airshow 21 Cabin Management System, for the upcoming Hawker 750 and
Hawker 900 aircraft.
The flight decks for both aircraft will feature an integrated
Pro Line 21 avionics system that includes four 8x10 active matrix
LCD displays; the FMS-6000 flight management system; the Integrated
Flight Information System (IFIS) and Pro Line 21 Communication,
Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) radios.
"The proven capabilities of our integrated avionics will deliver
enhanced efficiency and situational awareness for operators of the
new Hawker aircraft," said Denny Helgeson, vice president and
general manager, business and regional systems for Rockwell
Collins. "Additionally, our Airshow 21 cabin management system
offers passengers a superior traveling environment."
Airshow 21 System selected will offer passengers user-friendly LCD
touch screens at each seat, plus one on each divan armrest. The VIP
chair occupant can control the entire cabin temperature, lighting
and entertainment systems.
But let's get back to the Pro Line 21... which also recently
received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type
Certification (STC) on the new Bombardier Learjet 60XR business
What all this means is, workers at Rockwell Collins' plant in
Cedar Rapids have an awful lot of work on their plates! We doubt
they mind, though...