Posted on: 12 November 2015 by Mark Howells
The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) has conducted a successful 90 minute first flight in Japan using Rockwell Collins’ (Rockwell) Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system.
“We are honoured to be working with Mitsubishi on completing its successful first flight, and in working to bring the first application of our Pro Line Fusion avionics to this regional jet market segment,” commented Craig Olson, vice president and general manager of business and regional systems for Rockwell Collins. “Pro Line Fusion will help MRJ pilots manage, monitor and master flight automation to make flying smooth and safe.”
The solution for the MRJ features pilot-selectable display formatting on four 15-inch, side-by-side displays that dominate the instrument panel, which are coupled with a number of quick access keys allowing pilots to easily gain access to important information.
Other features include advanced graphical flight planning that eases pilot workload when navigating around weather or modifying complex flight plans, dual advanced Flight Management Systems with Wide Area Augmentation System Localizer Precision Vertical (WAAS/LPV) and Required Navigation Performance (RNP) capabilities and Link 2000+ Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) on-demand data link text messaging (optional).
In addition, Rockwell Collins is providing the Primary Flight Control Computer—part of the fly-by-wire system—and electromechanical systems on the MRJ, including the Pilot Control System, which helps pilots more safely control the aircraft, and the Horizontal Stabilizer Control System.
“The Mitsubishi Regional Jet has made our country proud today,” stated Hiromichi Morimoto, president of the Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation. “The close coordination of the Mitsubishi and Rockwell Collins teams, and the integration of the Pro Line Fusion avionics, greatly contributed to the success of the MRJ’s first flight.”
The MRJ is expected to enter into service in 2017.