Wed, Dec 10, 2008
Company's LPV solution Now Available To Challenger 604
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently granted
certification for Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) Localizer
Performance with Vertical guidance (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 says this was "a significant effort" jointly funded by
the FAA Air Traffic Organization's Technical Operations (Aviation
System Standards and Navigation Services) and Rockwell Collins for
the FAA's NextGen Air Traffic System, which will allow more
aircraft to utilize existing airspace while increasing safety.
The aircraft and crews to support the significant flight testing
requirements were supplied by the FAA's Aviation System Standards
"Our work with the FAA to certify a WAAS LPV solution featuring
our enhanced FMS and GPS-4000S marks an important step forward in
helping more aircraft operators equip their aircraft for
near-precision approaches at airports not equipped with ILS," said
Greg Irmen, vice president and general manager, Business and
Regional Systems for Rockwell Collins. "This solution, which fully
integrates the GPS-4000S with the LPV capable FMS in Rockwell
Collins Pro Line 4 and Pro Line 21 systems offers simple and
The same LPV solution for the FAA's aircraft is now available to
all Challenger 604 operators through Rockwell Collins' dealers.
WAAS improves the availability and integrity of GPS navigation,
enabling suitably equipped FMS to provide horizontal and vertical
navigation to category I equivalent minimums for all users at all
locations within the service area, without requiring airport-based
transmitters or other supporting functionality. Additionally, WAAS
provides service for all classes of aircraft in all flight
operations in its coverage, including en-route navigation, airport
departures and airport arrivals. This includes CAT I equivalent
approaches with minimums as low as 200 feet at locations throughout
the US National Airspace System (WAAS).
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