Posted on: 09 October 2015 by Ross McSweeny
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted Rockwell Collins (Rockwell) a supplemental type certificate (STC) for its Future Airspace Navigation Systems (FANS) 1/A upgrade for Bombardier Challenger 604 aircraft equipped with Pro Line 4 avionics.
The FANS 1/A upgrade builds on the Challenger 604’s current flight management system (FMS) and control display units (CDUs) while incorporating a new communications management unit provided by Rockwell Collins.
It offers Challenger 604 operators access to more wind-efficient transatlantic routes to save both time and fuel. For operators requiring SATCOM, Rockwell Collins offers a solution that provides flight crews with reliable voice and data communications over all regions.
“This is the most cost-effective FANS 1/A upgrade available for the Challenger 604,” explained Craig Olson, vice president and general manager of business and regional systems, Rockwell Collins. “Installation is relatively quick, which brings labour costs down. Also, training is reduced since pilots will already be familiar with the FMS and CDU that will remain.”
The upgrade also includes a one-year subscription to Rockwell’s ARINCDirect flight planning solution and mobile application, which gives operators access to FANS 1/A FAA letter of authorisation assistance, flight planning, weather, VHF/SATCOM data link connectivity and 24/7 global support in real time.
Rockwell Collins has already installed several other FANS 1/A solutions for business aircraft, including more than 300 new Pro Line Fusion-equipped Bombardier Global 5000s and Global 6000s as well as and Gulfstream G280 aircraft. The company’s FANS 1/A solution is also part of Bombardier’s Pro Line 21 ‘Advanced’ flight deck for new Challenger 350 and Challenger 650 aircraft and aftermarket Challenger 300 and Challenger 605 aircraft.