ST. LOUIS, 5 Oct. 2009. Boeing [NYSE: BA] officials announced that a (K)DC-10 modified with Fokker Services and Boeing's Cockpit Upgrade Program (CUP) has completed a certification flight-test program that began in July 2008.
CUP provides aircraft with new flight-management and avionics display systems as well as improved communications. Crewmembers from the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF), Fokker, and subcontractor Boeing conducted the certification program's five-hour final test flight from the Netherlands' Eindhoven Air Base this summer.
"We are pleased with the results of the flight tests for this system, which will provide the RNLAF with the worldwide navigation capability we need as we continue to share assets with other European countries," says RNLAF Maj. Michel Broekman.
The program now moves into the certification process with the Netherlands' certification authority, followed by customer acceptance early next year. Next, the CUP-modified aircraft will begin Operational Test and Evaluation (OTE) with the RNLAF crew.
Upon completion of OTE for the first aircraft, the RNLAF will induct the next of two more (K)DC-10s for the CUP modification in 2010.
"Our success with this upgrade positions us well for future modification work in the communication, navigation, surveillance and air-traffic management arena. The CUP modification offers an affordable, proven solution for other aircraft, including the KC-10," says Mark Rowland, (K)DC-10 CUP program manager for Boeing.
Boeing submitted a proposal in July for the U.S. Air Force's KC-10 Communication Navigation Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) upgrade program. The contract is expected to be awarded in May 2010.