Nextant Aerospace celebrates first flight of Challenger 604 with Pro Line Fusion

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Three months after Nextant Aerospace launched the Challenger 604XT program, it has completed the first flight of a Challenger 604 equipped with Rockwell Collins’s Pro Line Fusion.

“I’m extremely proud of our development team,” said Mark O’Donnell, a Nextant executive.

“The initial system integration went very well and the fact we have now entered the flight test segment of our certification effort is a testament to the great work and collaboration that has taken place between the teams at Nextant and Rockwell Collins.”

The test article will be on public display at NBAA-BACE 2017, to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 10-12.

“The cockpit performed flawlessly today,” said Captain Nathan Marker, vice president of flight operations for Nextant Aerospace and chief test pilot. “Having worked on several programs in the past, I am most impressed by the forward-fit nature of this integration.

“Historically, retrofit applications have lacked some of the functionality that can be found with the latest technology seen on new production aircraft. The Pro Line Fusion cockpit not only addresses pending regulatory and obsolescence requirements that the Challenger is facing, it also provides the flight crew with the absolute latest in forward-fit technology.

“The touch-interactive technology that is unique to this system is very intuitive and the overall integration provides exceptional situational awareness for the flight crew.”

September 13, 2017

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