Comlux America completes first FANS install on Challenger 601

Bombardier's Challenger 600 series.
Bombardier’s Challenger 600 series.

Comlux America, the completion and service centre of the Comlux Group, has successfully installed and certified the first FANS (Future Air Navigation System) programme on a Challenger 601 aircraft.

This comes on the heels of Comlux receiving the STC in March 2015 for installing FANS-capable equipment on the entire 600 series aircraft.

The FANS STC project installs and certifies the equipment required for operation in airspace requiring Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC).

Comlux America has partnered with multiple suppliers to provide FANS to its customers by utilising equipment provided by Universal Avionics, ICG (International Communications Group, Inc.), and L-3 Aviation Recorders.

Scott Meyer, CEO of Comlux America said: “The Challenger CL-600 airframes represent a large segment of our services division.

“We are now able to offer our customers a solution that will allow them to operate in an environment that requires FANS and Link 2000+ capability. We are proud to be the very first company to have been awarded this STC and for the success of the first programme.”

Comlux will also soon be able to announce another FANS installation and certification as the second 601 aircraft for FANS is currently in work in Indianapolis and scheduled to be delivered in 2015.

Bruce Bunevich, Universal Avionics Great Lakes Regional Sales Manager, said: “Comlux America demonstrates their progressive avionics vision in completing their Challenger 600/601/604 FANS STC.

“The Challenger fleet gains significant international functionality when upgrading with Universal Avionics SBAS-FMS and UniLink UL-800/801 CMU.

“Universal Avionics is pleased to have Comlux America as an authorised dealer supporting this noteworthy STC achievement.”

“We have worked very closely with Comlux on this project and are extremely pleased to now add the Challenger 601 to the growing list of aircraft equipped with FANS over Iridium systems featuring our NxtLink components,” added Tim Rayl, ICG’s senior vice president of Sales and Marketing.

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