Avionics News July 2017 - 57
Existing Pro Line 21 before removal
Duncanaviation.aero * Lincoln, Nebraska
Number of employees:
2,150 located worldwide
with the project:
Eric Caler (avionics installation
(lead sales representative)
Matt Lentell (program manager)
Aircraft type: CJ3 aircraft
What was the objective
of the project?
This was the installation of the
first Pro Line Fusion flight deck
upgrade in the CJ3.
What date was the
The CJ3 Fusion Flight Deck Upgrade
Program was announced by Duncan
Aviation and Rockwell Collins at
the NBAA Convention in 2016. The
installation began in mid-May and the
aircraft began the first flight-testing
phase in early August 2016.
What date was the
The aircraft with a functional flight deck
was on display at the NBAA Convention
in November 2016. Certification was
received April 21, 2017.
What makes this
This was the installation of the first
Pro Line Fusion flight deck upgrade in
the CJ3. The Fusion upgrade provides
Citation CJ3 owners with an aftermarket
option for meeting mandates while
simultaneously enhancing ownership
and the flying experience by replacing
the factory-installed portrait displays
with larger 14.1-inch landscape
touchscreen primary flight displays. The
new system includes intuitive, touchinteractive 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 control display
units originally installed in the pedestal.
Did you encounter any problems
while working on the project?
First-time certifications always have
challenges. The collaboration, effort and
professionalism shown between the
Rockwell Collins and Duncan Aviation
teams have been impressive and are
the reasons the program has been
How did you resolve
Duncan Aviation team members pride
themselves on their communication and
problem-solving skills. Installation team
members from Duncan Aviation met daily
in the hangar at the nose of the aircraft
to discuss changes and work plans for
the day. Team members also met weekly
to ensure milestones were met and challenges were addressed. Rockwell Collins
was involved in all phases of the project
and worked with the installation team at
Duncan Aviation. q
The first Pro Line Fusion flight deck upgrade was certified in May 2017 in this CJ3 aircraft.