Pro Line Fusion Certified on Legacy 500, Wichita Not The Next Detroit, Pilatus PC-12 High-Def EVS

Rockwell Collins announced that its Pro Line Fusion advanced avionics system has been type certified on the Embraer Executive Jets’ Legacy 500 fly-by-wire mid-size business jet. First delivery is expected in the coming weeks. The Legacy 450, the new mid-light jet, which shares the Legacy 500 airframe and technology, is expected to be certified and delivered in 2015.

Features graphically rich Airport Moving Map that enhances runway safety

Eases flight department workload with automatic wireless database and maintenance updates

Sets growth path for industry-first technologies for mid-size business jets, including head-up guidance and LED-detecting enhanced vision systems

Pro Line Fusion Avionics certified on Embraer Legacy 500

The Legacy 500 is the first Pro Line Fusion-equipped jet with Rockwell Collins’ Airport Moving Map

“Pro Line Fusion is a perfect match for this fly-by-wire executive jet. These highly advanced systems work seamlessly together, creating a powerful experience for the pilots,” said Craig Olson, vice president and general manager, Business and Regional Systems for Rockwell Collins. “We share Embraer’s excitement about this significant milestone and look forward to working alongside them in Brazil as this program progresses into the future.”

The Legacy 500 is the first Pro Line Fusion-equipped jet with Rockwell Collins’ Airport Moving Map as a certified option. Geo-referenced aircraft “own-ship” position and color-coded assigned runway highlighting on graphically rich airport maps that can range in and out mitigate runway confusion during taxi, takeoff and landing.

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What’s the future hold for Russian operators?

As part of the upcoming Moscow Business Aviation Forum, organizers have announced the inclusion of a panel discussion on the topic of foreign registration in Russia.

Entitled “Foreign and national registry: the future for Russian business aviation operators”, panel members include representatives of the San Marino aircraft registry, the government of Bermuda, Meridian Air Company, Polet Airlines and Aviaservice Airlines.

But Growth Will Be Slow, Cautions Rolland Vincent

Aviation Analyst Rolland Vincent, president of Rolland Vincent Associates, says he is “very optimistic about Wichita,” but that the recovery in the business jet market will continue to be slow.

Speaking Tuesday at the Wichita Aero Club, Vincent said that he sees a demand for 9,391 business jets in the 10 years from 2014 to 2023 valued at $257 billion. He said that 39 percent of those will likely be ultra-long-range jets, with the next largest segment being large long-range jets at 18 percent.

He said that the question he hears about Wichita being the next Detroit bother him, and he does not expect the kind of collapse seen in that city happening in the aviation sector. He predicts that there will be 718 business jets delivered in 2014, up from 678 last year.

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Pilatus Centre Canada Authorized To Complete Installations

STC granted for EVS on Pilatus PC-12

Transport Canada has granted a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to Pilatus Centre Canada (PCC), in association with Northeast Engineering & Development Ltd., for their recently developed Pilatus PC-12 Enhanced Vision System (EVS).

PCC chose the Lexavia LFS6000 EVS Sensor as the heart of the system. The LFS6000 is available in either the 320 x 240 resolution or the extremely high performance 640 x 480 resolutions. The lightest and most aerodynamic EVS sensor available today, the LFS6000 provides real time enhanced vision capability during darkness, smoke, bad weather and other limited visibility situations. This allows pilots to better identify terrain, structures, vehicles and other aircraft on and near runways, offering added situational awareness, and increased safety. The sensor location on the PC-12 provides a precise pilot point-of-view image to the pilot.

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