West Star Aviation’s facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee (CHA), has 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 at CHA for a 48-month airframe inspection, and the customer opted to have the avionics and CMS upgraded at the same time.
West Star Aviation said that Pro Line Fusion prepares the Challenger 604 platform for the future – after 2024, the existing flight displays of the Pro Line 4 cockpit will no longer be supported, and Collins will stop accepting 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, Data Link capability, integrated maps and charts, RNP approaches, FANS and LINK 2000+, MultiScan Weather, XM, and worldwide graphical weather. West Star Aviation added the 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 CMS with touchscreen technology. Each switch panel can be designed to fit in legacy switch panel locations, to limit 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.
West Star Aviation said that as this aircraft was in for the 48-month inspection, much of the interior needed to be removed anyway, so this was an opportune time to install the Evolve system. Installation of this system independently averages approximately nine weeks, the company added.