Bombardier Unveils Advanced Avionics Upgrade for Global Series Jets

Enhancement package updates earlier Global models with Combined Vision System found on the latest versions.

Bombardier is offering upgrades to bring older jets’ equipment in line with current models. [Courtesy: Bombardier]

Bombardier introduced its Advanced Avionics Upgrade, or AAU, for the Bombardier Vision flight deck installed in Global 5000s, 5500s, 6000s, and 6500s that are currently in service.

The company said the AAU is designed to enhance in-service Global models with avionics features available on newer Global 5500 and 6500 jets now in production.

The new AAU software allows installation of Bombardier’s Combined Vision System, which brings together features of the synthetic vision system and enhanced vision system in a single view aimed at reducing cockpit workload and increasing situational awareness during flights in difficult weather conditions. Bombardier said a Global 6000 is the first to receive the AAU, which the comp[any is installing at its Wichita Service Centre.

“The new software upgrade for the Bombardier Vision flight deck is a gamechanger and we are delighted, along with Collins Aerospace, to bring our operators’ aircraft to new levels of operational excellence,” said Paul Sislian, executive vice president for aftermarket services and strategy at Bombardier. “The Bombardier Vision flight deck has been an important staple on Bombardier Global aircraft for years, and the addition of the Advanced Avionics Upgrade (AAU) ensures our business aircraft continue to be renowned for their impeccable safety, reliability, and performance.”

“The primary objective of this upgrade, and our long-term collaboration with Bombardier, is to proactively provide information to the flight deck that improves safety and confidence in decision making,” said Marc Ayala, senior director of sales, business and regional avionics at Collins Aerospace.

In addition to the Combined Vision System, operators can add other options including ADS-B In/cockpit display of traffic information, or CDTI, and airport moving map/SVS taxi mode. Bombardier also will offer a new weather radar that enables vertical weather and predictive windshear options.

Installation of the AAU on in-service Global models is available across the company’s recently expanded network of service facilities at locations including Singapore (WSSS), Miami’s Opa Locka airport (KOPF), Melbourne, Australia (YMML) and London Biggin Hill (EGKB). Factory-trained technicians at these facilities will provide “a seamless upgrade process,” Bombardier said.

Jonathan Welsh is a private pilot who worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal for 21 years, mostly covering the auto industry. His passion for aviation began in childhood with balsa-wood gliders his aunt would buy for him at the corner store. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonathanWelsh4

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