Rockwell Upgrades, Certifies IFIS

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Rockwell Collins this month announced several upgrades to its Integrated Flight Information System (IFIS) plus supplemental certifications for retrofitting the advanced avionics into new airframes. Additionally, the company announced that Cessna has selected its Pro Line 21 avionics suite for the new Encore+ aircraft, which is scheduled to begin deliveries in February 2007. The enhancements include XM WX Satellite Weather, a new "smart entry" capability allowing pilots to enter and access data faster, and more easily geo-referenced charts beyond the U.S, including Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The company says the new capabilities will further enhance situational awareness the system provides while reducing pilot workload. Meanwhile, Rockwell announced FAA approval for retrofits of its IFIS to Cessna Citation CJ1 and CJ2 aircraft plus the Hawker 800XP jets -- when integrated with the Pro Line 21 avionics system. “These enhancements demonstrate Rockwell Collins’ commitment to delivering situational awareness enhancements and more efficient flight operations by providing pilots with easier access to critical information,” said Denny Helgeson, vice president and general manager of Business and Regional Systems for Rockwell Collins. According to the company, the charting products now available to operators of retrofitted Pro Line 21-equipped aircraft are enhanced through proprietary graphics and color pallets designed to improve readability, especially at night. The new Encore+ flight deck will feature an integrated Pro Line 21 avionics system including three 8x10-inch LCD displays, the FMS-3000 flight management system, a fail-passive autopilot, Pro Line 21 Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) suite, solid-state weather radar, and the IFIS.