Rockwell Collins has developed an upgraded version of its Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics for Bombardier’s Challenger 604 aircraft family.

Developed in collaboration with Bombardier, the Pro Line Fusion upgrade is expected to be certified by next year.

Nextant Aerospace was also involved in the upgrade as the installation design certification lead.

To be available through Bombardier and Nextant Aerospace, the upgrade replaces Challenger 604’s factory-installed CRT displays with three 14.1in widescreen displays that feature advanced graphics, configurable windows and touchscreen interfaces.

Rockwell Collins business and regional systems vice-president and general manager Craig Olson said: “The Challenger 604 is a highly valued, long-haul aircraft that owners want to continue flying well into the future.

“This becomes the third aircraft platform to have the Pro Line Fusion aftermarket upgrade option, continuing our ongoing effort to provide owners with a means to keep their aircraft relevant with modern technology, enhanced situational awareness for pilots and aviation regulatory mandate compliance.”

“The Challenger 604 is a highly valued, long-haul aircraft that owners want to continue flying well into the future."

According to Rockwell Collins, the new Pro Line Fusion upgrade contains a fully loaded package of baseline equipment for global airspace modernisation.

It includes ADS-B mandate compliance, SBAS-capable GNSS, localiser performance with vertical guidance (LPV) approaches, radius-to-fix (RF) legs and other solutions.

Enabling the users to comply with future regulations, the upgrade fulfils optional FANS and Link 2000+ European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) mandate compliance.

Among other features, the Pro Line Fusion upgrade includes synthetic vision as a standard feature, covering extended runway centrelines with mile markers to better orient the pilot from top of descent through final approach.

Image: Pro Line Fusion provides a turn-key integrated avionics solution to meet aviation regulatory mandates while modernising the flight experience. Photo: courtesy of Rockwell Collins.