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Prince Aviation installs Collins satcom on CitationJet
The Collins designed and manufactured IRT NX system includes a data unit, configuration module and antenna, providing consistent, cohesive connectivity throughout the aircraft while using less power than legacy systems.
The Collins Iridium Certus 700.
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Serbian business jet operator Prince Aviation is working alongside Collins Aerospace to modify a Cessna 525 CitationJet. The aircraft will be kitted out with the Collins IRT NX satcom system, providing high speed cabin connectivity through the Iridium Certus 700 satellite service. EASA certification and design approval was obtained by Q.C.M. design with Prince Aviation installing the hardware on the aircraft, becoming the first customer to retrofit a business jet cabin with the Collins satcom solution.

Iridium’s truly global network of satellites connect with Collins’ advanced ARINCDirect connectivity services, enabling speeds up to 704kbps. The comprehensive solution provides users with reliable, secure and cost-effective connectivity to browse the internet, make voice calls, text, access email and utilise social media applications.

“Today’s business traveller expects to step onboard their aircraft and continue to stay connected, productive and informed,” says Nathan Voight, vice president and general manager, business and regional avionics at Collins Aerospace. “Our Iridium satcom solution can facilitate advanced aircraft connectivity on most aircraft types, including very light jets. The compact size and lighter weight solution also enables quicker installation time and minimal drag while utilising a reduced footprint.”

The Collins designed and manufactured IRT NX satcom system includes a data unit, configuration module and antenna, providing consistent, cohesive connectivity throughout the aircraft while using less power than legacy systems.

Certification and installation were completed earlier this year with the first flight performed in late April.

In other news, Cessna Citation CJ1+/2+ aircraft registered in Europe can now be upgraded with the advanced functionality of the Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system after receiving certification approval from EASA.

“Clearing this certification hurdle is a major step forward in providing European CJ customers with a solution that not only enhances their aircraft operations but can also extend the life and functionality of an aircraft,” states Voight. “This milestone underscores Collins’ commitment to supporting the global network of CJ operators with the flight deck technology that makes operations safer, more efficient and predictable each and every flight.”

Pro Line Fusion’s modularity and intuitive technology integration improves pilot workload, providing real-time data, visual clarity and predictability that simplifies operations during the most critical stages of flight.

As European airspace continues to modernise, Fusion’s suite of technology enhancements work together to enable precision approaches, facilitate efficient flight paths and ensure pinpoint positioning, even in remote areas, enabling pilots to confidently navigate evolving and diverse airspace regulations.

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