The flight decks of European Dassault Falcon 2000 business jets can look a lot sexier these days. The latest is the result of a cooperation between Swiss-based RUAG Aviation and American Rockwell Collins. RUAG – also known as a heir of the reliable Dornier Do-288 – recently installed the first European Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 to 21 avionics upgrade on the Falcon 2000. The FAA and EASA approved “pimping” is also available for the 2000EX.
The upgrade was done at the RUAG Aviation facility in Lugano. It replaces the existing CRT displays with so-called Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Displays (AMLCD).
The new 8×10 inch displays present charts, maps, cameras and graphical weather, and are known to have a relatively good clarity and sharpness of image. Critical flight information includes graphical weather, Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS), Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), lightning detection, airport location and more are available at the touch of a button. The screens are fully ready for future developments, the so-called Synthetic Vision System (SVS).
And this for the techies among you who know their business: the Pro Line 4 to Pro Line 21 upgrade also involved the installation of dual Rockwell Flight Management System FMS-6000 along with GPS4000S sensors with WAAS for LP/LPV capability, relocation of the Auto Pilot control panel from the central pedestal to the instrument panel under the glare shield, installation of the Honeywell Mark V EGPWS, replacement of the analog Standby indicators with an integrated digital Secondary Flight Display (SFD) from Meggit, installation of a 3rd Rockwell AHRS, replacement of the CRT Radio Tuning Unit to AMLCD type, upgrade to TACAS II 7.1, installation of new Aircell Iridium SATCOM (FANS 1/A capable), installation of the Rockwell Ascend Management Information (AIM) system and new IFE. Additionally, the aircraft has been prepared for incoming FANS 1/A mandate and ADSB-Out with the provided installation of wiring.
Yes, it rocks our world too. Too bad we at Airheadsfly.com don’t own a Falcon 2000.
© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger, based on source information provided by RUAG