GENEVA, Switzerland (May 5, 2010) – Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) today announced that engineering is complete for the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 Integrated Display System (IDS) upgrade on Beechcraft 1900D aircraft. The company’s first article installation is well underway at its Wichita service center, with a second installation scheduled to begin in July. First article completion and system certification is expected over the summer. With a number of 1900 operators expressing interest in IDS, HBS is establishing the infrastructure to support both domestic and international customers.
“The combination of safety, reliability and reduced operating costs provide Beechcraft 1900 operators with an excellent option to upgrade their cockpits and provide a path for future growth,” said Christi Tannahill, HBC vice president, Global Customer Support.
The HBS upgrade achieves outstanding safety and reliability improvements by replacing legacy flight display, altimetry and attitude reference equipment with airline proven Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 video capable Adaptive Flight Displays, dual Attitude Heading Reference Systems, dual Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum, compliant Air Data Computers and a robust, electronic Engine Indication System.
Operating costs are significantly reduced by coupling the system’s Pro Line 21 new equipment warranty with a two-year Rockwell Collins warranty known as Corporate Aircraft Service Program (CASP). At no additional cost, CASP supplements the system’s new equipment warranty by covering all previously installed Rockwell Collins avionics equipment. Aircraft undergoing this HBS-installed upgrade will incur virtually zero avionics operating costs during the first two years after installation.
In addition to significant safety, reliability and operating cost benefits, the flexibility of Pro Line 21 IDS enables it to interface seamlessly with existing and future technology and regulatory requirements. Common interface options include third party TCAS, TAWS and lightning detection systems, as well as Rockwell Collins APS-65 autopilot and WAAS/LPV compliant flight management systems such as Garmin’s GNS 400W and Universal’s UNS1-LW.
To schedule an installation or for more information, contact Allen Robertson by phone at 316.946.4360 or by e-mail at Allen_Robertson@hawkerbeechcraft.com. Additional information is also available at www.hawkerbeechcraftservices.com.
Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) is dedicated to improving the value of HBC aircraft by employing products and services to simplify aircraft ownership, reduce operating cost and increase re-sale value. GCS is comprised of four functional groups that include Support Plus (cost predictability/warranty programs), Hawker Beechcraft Parts & Distribution (genuine factory parts), Hawker Beechcraft Services (factory-owned service centers) and Technical Support (Field Support Representatives, Hot Line specialists and Technical Publications administration).
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special mission and trainer aircraft – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company’s headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita, Kan., with operations in Salina, Kan.; Little Rock, Ark.; Chester, England, U.K.; and Chihuahua, Mexico. The company leads the industry with a global network of more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers. For more information, visit www.hawkerbeechcraft.com.
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