Duncan Aviation upgrades CMS on Challenger 605


Duncan Aviation recently upgraded the CMS on a Challenger 605 with Honeywell Ovation components and Alto Aviation’s Cadence switches. The work was carried out at the company’s full-service facility in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The owner of the aircraft was facing obsolescence issues with his current switches and CMS screens. He worked with Scott Kruce, Duncan Aviation’s avionics sales representative, to select the necessary components to upgrade the system.

“The customer knew how difficult it was to find parts or repair the older push-button switches and screens because he’d faced the same problems with other aircraft,” said Kruce. “We were able to fit the Cadence switches into the existing cut-outs in the drink rails, which minimised necessary changes to the woodwork, decreased downtime and helped keep down costs.”

The VIP seat and the galley now have new Ovation touchscreens. With the addition of the Honeywell backbone, the Duncan Aviation technicians also added Bluetooth wireless technology, high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) and Blu-ray support. The entertainment system is now fully modernised, and the screens support HD content.

“One big advantage to going this route is how customisable it is,” said Kruce. “You can have a system that is mostly Ovation, mostly Alto, or anywhere in-between. The cabin entertainment options are also scalable. We can do a minimalist system with a couple of HDMI ports or a system like this aircraft with HDMI ports, Blu-ray, Bluetooth and Cabin iPad remote. This range of options in the switching and source equipment allows us to tailor-fit the cabin to the customer’s mission.”

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