CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, 13 July 2009.Rockwell Collins successfully completed flight testing of a Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) Localizer Performance with Vertical guidance (LPV) solution for Hawker 800XP aircraft equipped with Pro Line 21 avionics. The Supplemental Type Certificate is available now to 800XP operators.
"We continue to make enhancements to our Pro Line 21 system, including upgrades to address future airspace requirements and increase airport accessibility," says Greg Irmen, vice president and general manager of Business and Regional Systems for Rockwell Collins. "In addition to providing more approach options, WAAS/LPV helps Hawker 800XP aircraft crews reduce costs by lowering decision height minima."
Certification will allow operators of Hawker 800XP aircraft with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics to take advantage of the more than 1500 LPV approaches available today with minimum decision heights as low as 200 feet. Upgrades will be available through Rockwell Collins' network of certified dealers and Hawker Beechcraft Services.
Rockwell Collins has an Approved Model List STC (AML STC) available today to upgrade the entire Pro Line 4 and Pro Line 21 fleet with WAAS GPS capability. Operators that upgrade to the GPS-4000S will take advantage of the WAAS in the U.S. and simplify operations with GPS as primary means of navigation and eliminate time-consuming Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring (RAIM) check.
In November, Rockwell Collins announced FAA certification for WAAS/LPV functionality on the Bombardier Challenger 604 aircraft equipped with Rockwell Collins' upgraded Flight Management System (FMS) and GPS-4000S global positioning system WAAS receiver.
Rockwell Collins plans to complete approximately 15 certified WAAS/LPV solutions over the next year on a variety of Pro Line 4 and Pro Line 21 aircraft manufactured by Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault, and Hawker Beechcraft.