US MRO specialist West Star Aviation's Lovell Field facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee has successfully installed a Collins Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system and a Cabin Management Solutions Evolve CMS in a Challenger 604 for the first time at this location.
The Challenger was in for a 48 month airframe inspection, and the customer opted to have the avionics and cabin management system upgraded at the same time.
The Pro Line Fusion brings the highly popular Challenger 604 platform into the next generation of technology. After 2024, the existing flight displays of the Pro Line 4 cockpit will no longer be supported. Collins will stop accepting the EFD-4077 units for repair. Those displays will be removed and replaced with high-resolution LCD flight displays with touchscreen capability. Installation opens the door to next-gen technology like synthetic vision, datalink capability, integrated maps and charts, RNP approaches, FANS and LINK 2000+, MultiScan weather, XM and worldwide graphical weather. Typical installation for this system is five to six weeks. All four West Star Aviation full-service facilities are authorised Collins dealers.
The Cabin Management Solutions Evolve CMS delivers a high-resolution digital cabin management system with intuitive touchscreen technology. Each switch panel can be designed to fit in legacy switch panel locations, limiting the amount of woodwork modification required to perform the installation. These new switch panels communicate with the cabin management unit via radio frequency, which limits the amount of wiring involved with its installation. This reduces the cost associated with other CMS systems of its kind. As this aircraft was in for the 48 month inspection, much of the interior was required to be removed anyway, so this was an opportune time to have the Evolve system installed. Installation of this system independently averages approximately nine weeks.