Rockwell Collins begins Pro Line Fusion flight tests

GENEVA, Switzerland, 11 May 2009. - Rockwell Collins announced that flight testing is underway for its Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system. The flights are taking place on Rockwell Collins' test airplane. Rockwell Collins is showcasing the technology at Hall 6 Booth #1043 at the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva this week.

May 11th, 2009

GENEVA, Switzerland, 11 May 2009. - Rockwell Collins announced that flight testing is underway for its Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system. The flights are taking place on Rockwell Collins' test airplane. Rockwell Collins is showcasing the technology at Hall 6 Booth #1043 at the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva this week.

"The successful Pro Line Fusion flight tests mark an exciting step forward in delivering a truly innovative system that scales new aircraft platforms from business to commercial airline jets," says Greg Irmen, vice president and general manager of Business and Regional Systems for Rockwell Collins. "And while the current economic environment has its challenges, we are fully committed and looking forward to delivering this important next-generation avionics solution to our customers."

Since Rockwell Collins first introduced the Pro Line Fusion avionics technology in November 2007, it has been selected for a broad range of business and regional aircraft including: Bombardier Global Express XRS/Bombardier Global 5000; Embraer Legacy 450/500; Gulfstream G250; and the Mitsubishi Regional Jet.

Key design elements of Pro Line Fusion include extensive situational awareness with the largest format, high resolution 15" LCD displays, synthetic and enhanced vision and MultiScan weather radar.

Pro Line's user interface features intuitive controls with point and click access, and information windows that are context sensitive for different phases of flight. Its flexible, adaptable open systems architecture features interface standards to ease accommodation of new technologies and future airspace requirements.

The system's information enabled design applies a networked system with interoperability between onboard and ground systems. This feature eases maintenance efforts, including integrated cabin and flight deck avionics diagnostics, Rockwell Collins officials say.

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