CS-NR-59, Rockwell Collins expands Pro Line Fusion® upgrade to include Pro Line II-equipped King Air

September 3, 2014

Rockwell Collins expands Pro Line Fusion® upgrade to include Pro Line II-equipped King Air 350 aircraft

Intuitive, icon-based, touchscreen primary flight displays—exclusively available from Rockwell Collins—provide easy, eyes-forward operation
Features larger primary flight displays and higher resolution synthetic vision than any other King Air 350 glass cockpit retrofit on the market today
Upgrade is lowest cost, least invasive available and leverages original onboard systems, including the aircraft’s autopilot
Landmark Aviation’s Winston-Salem MRO location first avionics dealer to offer upgrade
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Sept. 3, 2014) – Rockwell Collins has expanded its Pro Line Fusion® avionics upgrade to include Pro Line II-equipped King Air 350 aircraft. The retrofit solution delivers next-generation, eyes-forward touchscreen capabilities on the largest primary flight displays and the highest resolution synthetic vision available for King Air 350 aircraft.

“Beyond the dramatic modernization and enhanced situational awareness that our solution brings to the King Air 350 flight deck, it makes the most economic sense since it plugs right into Rockwell Collins systems already onboard the aircraft, including the autopilot and communication and navigation radios,” said Craig Olson, vice president and general manager, Business and Regional Systems for Rockwell Collins. “It also increases aircraft resale value, and adds many years of life to the aircraft by replacing obsolete CRT displays.”

Rockwell Collins is collaborating with Landmark Aviation’s Winston-Salem maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) location to achieve a supplemental type certificate for the Pro Line Fusion upgrade on Pro Line II-equipped King Air 350 aircraft in the first half of 2015. The upgrade has an estimated flyaway price that is substantially more affordable than the current certified glass cockpit retrofit on the market, and brings a broad list of performance-enhancing capabilities including:

Three interchangeable 14-inch touchscreen flight displays to optimize dispatchability
Rockwell Collins’ patented airport dome on the synthetic vision system (SVS) that better orients the pilot with the destination airport from the top of the descent
Built-in, geo-referenced electronic navigation charts that display “own-ship” aircraft position for enhanced situational awareness during approaches that automatically transition to the airport diagram after landing to make surface navigation easier
Target runway highlighting on the SVS and directional highlight arrows on the airport diagram to help pilots avoid runway confusion during takeoffs, approaches, and landings
Touch-interactive graphical maps with high-resolution terrain, weather overlays, obstacles, and geopolitical boundaries
Fully-featured flight management system positions operators for airspace modernization with localizer performance with vertical navigation (LPV) approach capability and radius-to-fix (RF) legs
Pilot-configurable primary and multifunction display windows that can show any system information, including enhanced vision or security cameras
A platform for future enhancements implemented via software-only updates
“We are really excited to be collaborating with Rockwell Collins on this project,” Landmark Aviation MRO Avionics Sales Manager Dwayne Chandler said. “Our years of experience with the King Air and Rockwell Collins avionics make this an excellent upgrade for our customers.”

Rockwell Collins’ award-winning Pro Line Fusion, which is featured on light jets, intercontinental business, air transport and military tanker special missions aircraft, helps pilots quickly and intuitively manage, monitor and master flight automation. The touchscreen, icon-based primary flight display solution for King Airs makes it even simpler for pilots to transition from the aircraft’s legacy avionics.

Olson added, “Our Pro Line Fusion upgrade program for the King Air 350 is setting the stage for a number of flight deck retrofit opportunities in the King Air market.”

Rockwell Collins has been the King Air flight deck of choice for more than 20 years and has been delivered on more than 2,600 King Airs since 1990.

Successful test-flights for Israel Aerospace Industries’ B767 Tanker using an advanced Fly-by-Wire (FBW) boom system

August 26, 2014

August 26th, 2014– Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) recently performed successful test-flights on a B767-300ER aircraft, equipped with an advanced Fly-by-Wire (FBW) boom system. The new added FBW boom capability, for this specific type of aircraft, joins and enhances the company’s extensive experience in converting tens of aircraft (B767, B707, C130, and IL-78) to tankers or multi mission tanker/transport (MMTT) platforms, for more than 12 customers worldwide, including the Israel Air Force (IAF).

IAI’s innovative concept is based on conversion of pre-owned 767 passenger aircraft .The low utilization rate of MMTT platforms compared to commercial passenger aircraft translates into a continued long-term service life at a considerably lower Life Cycle Cost than for new aircraft. As part of the conversion a major part of the structure, wiring and systems are replaced, upgraded or refurbished. New engines, new military avionics including a state-of-the-art glass cockpit and new self-protection systems can also be offered, tailored to the customer’s specific requirements. The operational and technological experience gained from IAF and IAI’s other customers has been taken into consideration and utilized in the design and development of the new generation B767-300ER MMTT.

An IAI B767-200ER MMTT has been converted for the Colombian Air Force (CAF) and is performing successfully in all CAF support missions which include: air-refueling, troop and cargo transport, and presidential (VIP) transport worldwide. From 2012-2013, the B767 MMTT performed successfully in the US Red Flag, Canadian Maple Flag and Brazilian Cruzex exercises.

IAI is currently also offering MMTT platforms based on converted B767-300ER. This version, with over 400,000 lbs MTOW, can carry over 200,000 lbs. of fuel, additional troops and extra cargo pallets. IAI is continuously looking at improving and upgrading its Tanker/Transport aircraft and can offer a “Smart Tanker” version which performs additional tasks while in the air, such as: ELINT, SIGINT, and ESM, or serve as a communications hub or as a Command & Control post.

In the picture: IAI’s Bedek Aviation Group’s B767 during a FBW boom system test-flight


Beechcraft delivers T-6C+ trainers, King Air 350ER to Mexican Navy

August 21, 2014

Navy Secretaría de Marina (SEMAR), as well as one King Air 350ER, the second of four on order, as part of the Mexican Navy’s ongoing fixed-wing aircraft modernization program.

“Being chosen by the Mexican Navy for this modernization program shows a superior level of confidence not only in Beechcraft products to fill its mission requirements, but in the product support we’ll provide as part of the agreement,” said Russ Bartlett, president, Beechcraft Defense Company. “This is a great example of how militaries around the globe can take advantage of the broad product range and support that Textron Aviation can provide to meet different requirements.”

Bartlett also lauded the cooperation between SEMAR officials and the company in moving so swiftly from the T-6C+ contract award in March to delivery this month.

The newly delivered King Air is part of a four-aircraft contract signed earlier this year. The first King Air 350ER was delivered just a few months ago, and the remaining aircraft are expected to be delivered by early 2015. In addition to the aircraft, both contracts with SEMAR include parts support as well as training for pilots and mechanics.

The T-6C+ features a hard-point wing, Heads-Up Display, Up-Front Control Panel, an integrated glass cockpit and an advanced Esterline CMC Cockpit 4000 avionics suite that greatly expands advanced training opportunities. The systems are integrated with a Hands-On Throttle and Stick (HOTAS), providing the student pilot and instructor with a simpler interface to the digital cockpit. The open architecture design of the Cockpit 4000 provides the flexibility to expand capabilities and continuously meet current and future training needs.

The Beechcraft T-6 military training fleet has surpassed 850 aircraft worldwide with more than 2.5 million flight hours. The T-6 military trainer offers military operators worldwide the most proven and cost-effective primary aviation training system available today. Aircraft deliveries began in 2000 after the T-6 was selected to fill the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System role for the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy. Since then, additional military customers worldwide have selected the T-6, including the NATO Flying Training in Canada Program, the Hellenic Air Force of Greece, the Israeli Air Force, the Iraqi Air Force, the Royal Moroccan Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force, the Mexican Air Force and the Mexican Navy.

King Air turboprops, which operate commercially and in all branches of the U.S. military, serve a variety of missions ranging from traditional passenger and cargo transport to electronic and imagery surveillance, air ambulance, airway calibration, photographic mapping, training and weather modification. The global fleet recently surpassed 60 million flight hours.


Cessna Citation M2 receives certifications in Brazil and Argentina, makes LABACE debut

August 12, 2014

SÃO PAULO, Brazil, Aug. 12, 2014– Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition that that Citation M2 – making its LABACE debut – has gained final certification from civil aviation authorities in Brazil and Argentina, paving the way for deliveries to begin.

Since its certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in December and European Aviation Safety Agency in June, 31 Citation M2s have been delivered to customers through the first half of this year.

“The market in Latin America has shown tremendous interest in the Citation M2 due to its competitive acquisition and operating costs, its airport performance and its advanced onboard systems,” said Robert Gibbs, vice president, International Sales.

The Citation M2 has a maximum cruise speed of 404 knots true airspeed (460 miles per hour) and a range of 1,580 nautical miles. It can operate at airports with runways as short as 3,210 feet and will climb to 41,000 feet in 24 minutes. The Citation M2 is certified for single-pilot operation with room for seven passengers and features two Williams FJ44 engines.

The Citation M2’s clean cockpit design features Cessna’s proprietary Intrinzic™ flight deck powered by Garmin G3000 avionics, with high-resolution multifunction displays and split-screen capability. Touch-screen interactivity comparable to a smartphone provides pilots with precise performance information they need in a logical, familiar user interface. From the cockpit divider aft through the rear lavatory, the main passenger cabin of the Citation M2 is 58 inches wide and 11 feet long with a 5-inch dropped aisle providing a cabin height of 57 inches. Eight large windows, roomy adjustable seats and intuitive controls highlight the all-new cabin.

This announcement is another demonstration of the company’s continued efforts to invest in products that meet the needs of global customers. New Citation products expected to come to market within the coming year include the recent certification of the Citation X+ and upcoming introductions of the Citation CJ3+ and Citation Latitude.

More than 6,600 Citations have been delivered to customers around the world since the first Cessna Citation business jet was put into service in 1972. Citations are the largest fleet of business jets in the world and have surpassed 30 million flight hours.

Cessna M2

Cessna Citation Sovereign+ on track for first Brazilian deliveries in September

August 12, 2014

SÃO PAULO, Brazil, Aug. 12, 2014 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, said today at the annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition it expects certification soon for the Citation Sovereign+ by the Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil to pave the way for the first scheduled deliveries to Brazilian customers during the third quarter of 2014.

Following certification in December by the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States and in June by the European Aviation Safety Agency, the Sovereign+ has gained certification in Mexico, Argentina and Chile. Through the second quarter, Cessna has delivered 24 Sovereign+ aircraft.

“The Citation Sovereign+ has already gained attention in Latin America for its short-field performance and its range,” said Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing. “Customers in São Paulo or Buenos Aires can reach the whole of South America non-stop, while a large portion of the U.S. is one flight away for customers leaving Manaus or Caracas.

“One of the best attributes of the Sovereign+ for Latin America is its ability to operate from smaller airfields, with a take-off distance of 3,530 feet,” Shortt said.

Featuring winglets and the new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D engines providing 5907 pounds of thrust, the Citation Sovereign+ has a range of 3,188 nautical miles (5,904 km), a top speed of 460 knots (529 miles per hour) and a direct climb to 45,000 feet.

The new cockpit in the Sovereign+ is designed around the Cessna Intrinzic Flight Deck powered by Garmin G5000 avionics. An integrated, workload-reducing auto throttle system streamlines the pilots’ tasks. With Cessna’s Clairity cabin management system and redesigned interior options, the Sovereign+ features the longest and most comfortable cabin in its class with a max seating configuration for up to 12 passengers. The Clairity system allows passengers to remain connected in-flight through the integration of smartphones and tablets, along with an airborne Internet system.

Cessna is offering the Sovereign+ with a unique Sovereign Shield program covering all scheduled maintenance and parts costs for the aircraft’s first five years or 1,500 flight hours, practically eliminating maintenance-related direct operating costs and allowing owners to operate the Citation Sovereign+ for far less than other business jets in the midsize category.

In service since 2004, the Citation Sovereign has reached a fleet of 349 aircraft worldwide and amassed more than 802,000 flight hours.

Today’s news reflects the company’s focus on continued investment in general aviation’s most extensive product line up for customers around the world. New Citation products expected to come to market within the coming year include the recent certification of the Citation X+ and upcoming introductions of the Citation CJ3+ and Citation Latitude.

More than 6,600 Citations have been delivered to customers around the world since the first Cessna Citation business jet was put into service in 1972. Citations are the largest fleet of business jets in the world and have surpassed 30 million flight hours.

Vector Aerospace Exhibiting at LABACE 2014

August 11, 2014

August 11, 2014

Toronto, ON – Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting at the 11th annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE), August 12-14, at the Congonhas Airport (CGH) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Booth 2006)

“LABACE is an important event in world aviation and continues to be an excellent venue to present our wide range of aviation MRO services to the Latin American and global aviation industry,” says Brian Thompson, senior vice president, Vector Aerospace. “Our knowledgeable team of Sales and Customer Support specialists look forward to meeting with current and potential customers during LABACE to discuss how we can support their specific repair, overhaul and fleet maintenance requirements.”

Vector Aerospace holds approvals from some of the world’s leading OEMs including Pratt & Whitney Canada, Rolls-Royce, Turbomeca, General Electric and Honeywell. Products supported include the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T, PT6A, JT15D, PW100, PW150A, PW307 and PW308A series engines; Rolls-Royce M250; Rolls-Royce T56/501D;Turbomeca Arriel 1 and Arriel 2; General Electric T58 / CT58 and CT-7A / T700 engines; Honeywell TFE731 and Honeywell ALF 502/LF507 (all engine lines include complete test capability); dynamic components, full-service avionics capability; up to and including glass cockpit engineering, development and integration, complete aircraft rewires, as well as airframes and major inspections support for a variety of Airbus Helicopters, Sikorsky, Boeing and AgustaWestland helicopter models.

Bell Helicopter Receives FAA Supplemental Type Certificate Approval for Bell 407GX Products

August 1, 2014

FORT WORTH, TX (August 1, 2014) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced it has received FAA supplemental type certification (STC) approval for its Bell 407GX expanded instrument panel  and L-3 Wescam MX-10 quick mount installation kit. The newly certified products are available through Bell Helicopter’s Aeronautical Accessories brand.

The expanded instrument panel replaces the standard option and has additional panel area for a wider range of equipment locations. Through the unique design and layout of the larger panel, a third monitor and other mission-related equipment can be installed in front of the copilot.

The new L-3 Wescam Mx-10 quick mount installation kit enables quick and easy installation of an L-3 Wescam MX-10 camera (not included). The camera can be belly-mounted aft of the lower wire strike cutter, using a dovetail quick mount. Controlled by a cockpit mounted hand control, the kit also includes a laser interlock. Installation or removal of the camera turret may be accomplished in minutes once the kit has been installed. The kit includes the necessary installation components, flight manual supplement and complete installation and maintenance instructions.

“The Bell Helicopter team worked closely with customers to solicit their input in the design of these products,” said Jennifer Lunceford, manager of Sales, Aeronautical Accessories. “The result is two innovative products that help customers meet specific mission requirements.”

For more information on the expanded instrument panel or L-3 Wescam MX-10 installation kit, please visit www.aero-access.com or call 800-251-7094 to speak with an Aeronautical Accessories representative.

Bell Helicopter Showcases the Bell 429 WLG’s Capabilities through a Five Month Customer Demo Tour in Latin America

July 31, 2014

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (July 31, 2014) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), showcased the versatility and superior performance of the Bell 429 WLG, the aircraft’s wheeled landing gear variant, with nearly 60 demonstration flights between March 2014 to July 2014 in Latin America.

“We received great feedback from our customers about the retractable landing gear for ground taxi operations,” said Jay Ortiz, managing director for Latin America. “Since we introduced the aircraft in late 2013, we have been telling everyone about how well it was suited for this region, but finally had the chance to show firsthand how the proven performance of the Bell 429 easily integrates into a fixed base operations environment.”

Bell Helicopter pilots began demonstration flights at the International Air and Space Fair, FIDAE 2014, and traveled to a number of countries, including Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and the Bahamas over the course of the five month tour. The flights highlighted the Bell 429 WLG’s ability to provide additional flexibility for any mission profile.

The Bell 429 is the only light twin-engine helicopter on the market with true two-litter capability with enough cabin space for two medical attendants and two crew members. The Bell 429 also offers exceptional flight performance with a fully integrated glass cockpit, advanced drive system and fully-coupled GPS approaches and IFR capability. Additional safety features include a collective mounted throttle, damage tolerant hub and rotor system, and energy attenuating seats. It is the first helicopter certified through the MSG-3 process, resulting in reduced maintenance costs for operators. Bell 429 customers can take advantage of the spacious cabin and extra large 60 inch side doors, as well as Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capability certified for single or dual pilot operations to better fulfill their mission.

New Cessna Citation CJ3+ makes first flight

July 28, 2014

WICHITA, Kan., July 28, 2014 – Cessna Aircraft Company,a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today the successful maiden flight of the first production unit of the Citation CJ3+ from the company’s manufacturing facility adjacent to Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kan. Mark Tuttle, production flight test pilot, said all systems performed as expected during the 73 min. flight.

The new aircraft was first announced on March 20 of this year, and Federal Aviation Administration certification is expected this year.

“Response to the CJ3+ has been excellent; customers recognize the value proposition of the airplane with its Garmin G3000 flight deck along with upgraded interiors and systems throughout,” said Chris Hearne, vice president, Jets. “The CJ3+ is engineered for superior reliability without sacrificing efficiency and comfort, and is offered with best-in-class acquisition and direct operating costs.”

The newest aircraft in the popular line of CJ-series jets includes all-new interiors with a redesigned cabin and cockpit, new pressurization and new diagnostics systems. The CJ3+ features the Garmin G3000 avionics suite, which includes turbulence detecting weather radar, TCAS II, advanced Terrain Awareness Warning Systems (TAWS), and the installation of automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities. The addition of ADS-B capability makes the CJ3+ compliant with a significant aspect of announced Next Generation (NexGen) air traffic control requirements. The aircraft also features a wireless media server, Garmin integrated cockpit and cabin Iridium phone, and high speed internet capabilities.

With its long range cruise of up to 2,070 nautical miles, the CJ3+ can fly passengers nonstop from Washington, D.C., to Mexico City; from San Diego, Calif., to Juneau, Alaska; or from Lima, Peru, to São Paulo, Brazil. The CJ3+ is expected to receive single-pilot certification and has maximum seating capacity for nine passengers.

This milestone reflects the company’s focus on continued investment in general aviation’s most extensive product line up. In addition to the CJ3+, Cessna has recently celebrated market introductions of the Citation M2, Citation Sovereign+ and Citation X+, with the game-changing mid-size Citation Latitude certification expected in Q2 of 2015.

Cessna’s Citation series of jets are the most popular line of business jets ever produced, with more than 6,600 jets that have been designed, manufactured and delivered to customers around the world. For more information on the CJ3+, please visit Cessna.com.

Cessna product launch reinforces commitment to diesel fuel

July 28, 2014

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Cessna product launch reinforces commitment to diesel fuel

OSHKOSH, Wis., July 28, 2014 — Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today confirmed at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh its ongoing commitment to developing alternate fuel solutions for the general aviation market with the launch of the Turbo Skyhawk® JT-A®, which will join the Turbo Skylane® JT-A as the latest diesel powered platform in its single-engine product line up.  The company is displaying the Turbo Skyhawk JT-A this week at AirVenture.

“We’ve been working for a few years now to find new, reliable alternate fuel solutions for the Cessna Skyhawk to meet changing environmental regulations, particularly in Europe, as well as the limited global supply of currently used 100 low-lead gasoline, and technology has led us to the Turbo Skyhawk JT-A,” said Joe Hepburn, senior vice president, Piston Aircraft. “The recent advances and growing maturity in diesel engine technology in the aviation market now give us the means to satisfy a growing demand around the world.”

The Skyhawk JT-A is fitted with a Continental CD-155 diesel engine and is expected to offer a number of benefits in addition to operating with more widely available JET A fuel. Maximum range is 1,012 nm, a 58 percent increase over the standard Skyhawk, and maximum speed is increased to 131 knots while fuel burn is expected to see a 25 percent reduction.

Textron Aviation plans to offer the Turbo Skyhawk JT-A as a factory option beginning in 2015. The CD-155 is already certified by EASA for retrofit to newer Skyhawks under a supplemental type certificate.

The push to find alternate fuel solutions for the general aviation market stems from a dwindling supply – and resulting higher prices – of leaded aviation fuel in some areas of the world, as well as emerging regulations on leaded fuel and associated aircraft engine emissions. Cessna is an industry leader in making alternate fuel options available.

Like the Turbo Skyhawk JT-A, the Turbo Skylane JT-A features the Garmin G1000 avionics suite but offers greater speed and useful load. FAA certification of the diesel-powered Turbo Skylane JT-A using the Safran-made SMA SR305-230-1 engine is expected soon. Up to six Turbo Skylane JT-A marketing demonstrators will soon be stationed around the world and deliveries of the first production models are ready to begin upon certification.

The Turbo Skylane JT-A has a seating capacity for four and an estimated range at max cruise speed of 1,025 nautical miles. The certified ceiling will be 20,000 feet. The Garmin G1000 avionics suite is pilot-friendly and highly-functional, bringing great levels of situational awareness to the cockpit. The engine diagnostics are shown on the primary and multi-function flight displays. Fuel capacity is 85 useful gallons, with an estimated useful load of 1,000 pounds.

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