Rockwell Collins navigates into turboprops and light jets

  • 19-Oct-2011 03:20 EDT
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Rockwell Collins' new Pro Line Fusion configuration for turboprops and light jets features "the industry’s first" touch-control flight displays, integrated head-up synthetic vision, and autonomous backup control modes.

Rockwell Collins announced at NBAA that it will begin offering its Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system to turboprops and light jet aircraft.

“Previously, advanced functionality such as synthetic vision on head-up displays and automated weather radar were only available for larger aircraft,” said Greg Irmen, Vice President and General Manager, Business and Regional Systems for Rockwell Collins.

This latest configuration of Pro Line Fusion includes what the company describes as "the industry’s first" touch-control primary flight displays, integrated head-up synthetic vision, and autonomous backup flight control modes. Additional features include MultiScan weather threat detection and full integration with Ascend flight information solutions.

Pro Line Fusion was certified in June on the Bombardier Global 6000 long-range business aircraft. The system has been selected for 11 announced aircraft platforms across the business aviation, commercial air transport, and military market segments.

The scalability of the Pro Line Fusion software, combined with advanced hardware features, such as embedded display processing and highly integrated sensors and radios, are key elements of making the system small enough for turboprops and light jets while bringing more functionality and value to aircraft manufacturers and operators.

The system will be available for new aircraft applications as well as a display retrofit for turboprops and light jets equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics. Certification is expected by the end of 2013.

Some of the new features of the avionics systems includes touch-control capability on the primary and multifunction displays for enhanced situational awareness by allowing a pilot to operate with his or her eyes forward through all phases of flight.

Also helping to keep the pilot’s eyes forward and focused out the window during critical phases of flight is the HGS-3500, what Rockwell describes as the industry’s first head-up guidance system (HGS) for light- to midsize business aircraft and the only head-up display to include synthetic vision.

The MultiScan Threat Detection System provides clutter-free weather information that minimizes unexpected turbulence encounters. With the company's Ascend flight information solutions, Pro Line Fusion-equipped aircraft stay connected to a global network that allows both individual owners and company flight departments to effectively manage aircraft operations.

Last but not least, the avionics systems feature a one-touch emergency mode, which affords disoriented pilots extra time to recover by putting the aircraft into a safe-altitude holding pattern and also providing guidance cues to the nearest airport during engine loss.

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