The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) signed off April 24 on the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics upgrade for the Cessna Citation CJ3 business jet, providing turn-key compliance with airspace modernization deadlines along with new widescreen flight deck displays, high-resolution synthetic vision and touchscreen navigation.

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CJP Directors David Miller and Stuart Fred worked with Rockwell Collins and Duncan Aviation on the upgrade solution, and joined with both companies to announce the upgrade during the 2015 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE).

Rockwell Collins reports that more than 20 customers have secured their upgrade to be equipped with ADS-B by the 2020 deadline. Duncan Aviation recently completed the first installation, with customer delivery taking place at the end of April.

“The clock is ticking to get aircraft equipped for airspace modernization deadlines and this all-in-one alternative brings turn-key compliance for CJ3 operators with a modern interface and feature set found on new aircraft,” said Craig Olson, vice president and general manager, Business and Regional Systems for Rockwell Collins. “Pilots will fall in love with this new flight deck after seeing how it makes the most complicated tasks simple, and the additional situational awareness it brings.”

Pro Line Fusion for the CJ3 replaces the factory-installed portrait displays with three larger 14.1-inch landscape touchscreen flight displays. The upgrade brings compliance with ADS-B and WAAS LPV, plus pilots will enjoy extensive situational awareness, synthetic vision and a revolution in simplicity. The system includes intuitive, touch-interactive maps and easy-to-use icons, giving the pilot the ability to control items on the screen through touch. It also eliminates the need for Flight Management System (FMS) control display units originally installed in the pedestal.

The upgrade is now available throughout the U.S. from Duncan Aviation’s three main full-service facilities and many its 26 avionics satellite locations, and Textron Aviation’s 12 company-owned service centers. Certifications by Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) are pending.