Textron Aviation has announced the Federal Aviation Administration has granted supplemental type certification (STC) approval of a fully integrated Future Air Navigation System (FANS) and Protected Mode Controller Pilot Data Link Communication (PM-CPDLC) program for Hawker 4000 aircraft equipped with the Honeywell PRIMUS EPIC integrated cockpit.

This programme allows pilots to communicate more easily with air traffic controllers and utilize the most current Data Link services offered in North America and Europe.

Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker customers receive factory-direct support, maintenance and modifications by Textron Aviation through a global network of service and part centres, mobile service units and 24/7 1CALL AOG support.

“The new cockpit technology upgrade for Hawker 4000 business jets reduces pilot workload and offers improved efficiency,” said Brian Rohloff, senior vice president, Customer Support.

“Our team is committed to supporting customers throughout their ownership experience and we made this option available through our global service network based on their feedback.”

The FANS 1/A+ and PM-CPDLC programme features:

Ease of operation by quickly and accurately loading complex instructions into the aircraft flight management system with the push of a button
Support for future FAA Next Gen Data Com capabilities
Trajectory-based operations
Improved re-routing of aircraft around severe weather events and traffic congestion
Prioritised departure clearances that can save several minutes of wait time before takeoff

PM-CPDLC is similar to SMS text messaging used on a personal cell phone. The technology uses prescribed text messages to enable pilots and air traffic controllers (ATC) to request and authorise clearances and flight plan changes quickly and accurately.Subscribe to the FINN weekly newsletter

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