Mitsubishi Regional Jet Flies for 1st Time, Rockwell Collins' Pro Line Fusion Avionics Plays Key Role
Rockwell Collins’ award-winning Pro Line Fusion® integrated avionics system played a key role in the successful first flight of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ). The flight occurred yesterday in Toyoyama-cho, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
“We are honored to be working with Mitsubishi on completing its successful first flight, and in working to bring the first application of our Pro Line Fusion avionics to this regional jet market segment,” said Craig Olson, vice president and general manager, Business and Regional Systems for Rockwell Collins. “Pro Line Fusion will help MRJ pilots manage, monitor and master flight automation to make flying smooth and safe.”
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Pro Line Fusion integrates all aeronautical, navigation, communication, surveillance, and engine indication and crew alerting system information into one large, graphically rich display system. This integrated flight deck technology pushes essential flight information to the crew, enabling an intuitive, reduced-workload flying experience.
“The Mitsubishi Regional Jet has made our country proud today,” said Hiromichi Morimoto, President, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation. “The close coordination of the Mitsubishi and Rockwell Collins teams, and the integration of the Pro Line Fusion avionics, greatly contributed to the success of the MRJ’s first flight.”
Pro Line Fusion for the MRJ features pilot-selectable display formatting on four 15-inch, side-by-side displays that dominate the instrument panel, which are coupled with a number of quick access keys allowing pilots to easily gain access to important information. Features include:
- Advanced graphical flight planning that eases pilot workload when navigating around weather or modifying complex flight plans
- Dual advanced Flight Management Systems with Wide Area Augmentation System Localizer Precision Vertical (WAAS/LPV) and Required Navigation Performance (RNP) capabilities
- Link 2000+ Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) on-demand data link text messaging provides global access that enhances operational efficiency (optional).
In addition, Rockwell Collins is providing the Primary Flight Control Computer—part of the fly-by-wire system—and electromechanical systems on the MRJ, including the Pilot Control System, which helps pilots more safely control the aircraft, and the Horizontal Stabilizer Control System.
The MRJ is expected to enter into service in 2017.
Source : Rockwell Collins - view original press release