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Business aviation manufacturer Bombardier has introduced its Advanced Avionics Upgrade (AAU), designed to enhance situational awareness for pilots flying Global series aircraft.
A collaboration between Bombardier and aerospace technology company Collins Aerospace, the AAU specifically targets in-service Global 5000, 6000, 5500, and 6500 aircraft that are equipped with Bombardier’s Vision flight deck. According to the Montreal-based OEM, the avionics upgrade takes these jets “to the next level by providing avionics features currently available on in-production Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft.”
“The new software upgrade for the Bombardier Vision flight deck is a gamechanger and we are delighted, along with Collins Aerospace, to bring our operators’ aircraft to new levels of operational excellence,” stated Paul Sislian, executive vice-president of aftermarket services and strategy at Bombardier.
The upgrade incorporates Bombardier’s pioneering Combined Vision System (CVS), which seamlessly merges the Synthetic Vision System (SVS) and Enhanced Vision System (EVS) into a single view to alleviate crew workload and offer “the clearest view” in challenging weather conditions.
Bombardier noted that the first aircraft to receive this upgrade is a Global 6000 business jet, with installation currently underway at the company’s Wichita Service Centre.
In addition to the CVS, the avionics upgrade offers operators the option to incorporate additional enhancements like ADS-B In/Cockpit Display of Traffic Information (CDTI); airport moving map/SVS taxi mode; and a new weather radar capable of vertical weather and predictive windshear features.
Other key features of the AAU include: Engine Indicating and Crew Alerting System (EICAS), which provides enhanced message logic; an Integrated Flight Information System (IFIS); updated weather enhancements with XM/SXM Graphical Weather and DataLink Graphical Weather; and, an Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS), which provides upgrades to the head-up display (HUD), primary flight display (PFD) logic, and SVS.
“The primary objective of this upgrade, and our long-term collaboration with Bombardier, is to proactively provide information to the flight deck that improves safety and confidence in decision making,” said Marc Ayala, senior director of sales, business and regional avionics at Collins Aerospace.
Installation of the AAU is available across Bombardier’s comprehensive service centre network, which has been recently expanded to include new facilities in locations across the U.S., Europe, and Asia, Bombardier said.
Additionally, Bombardier’s 34 Mobile Response Team (MRT) vehicles are equipped to support Learjet, Challenger, and Global business aircraft, providing further assistance to aircraft owners and operators.