21 Nov Nextant Aerospace achieves landmark STC approval for Challenger 604XT Pro Line Fusion® upgrade.
The Pro Line Fusion® cockpit upgrade gives owners a solution to both meet upcoming FAA mandates and overcome avionics obsolescence by integrating advanced flight deck technology on the Challenger 604.
CLEVELAND, OHIO, Wednesday, November 21, 2018 – Nextant Aerospace, builders of the 400XTi, G90XT, remanufactured aircraft, and Challenger 604XT upgrade, announced today that it has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the 604XT Pro Line Fusion®. The timing of the STC is on track with Nextant Aerospace projection at EBACE a year ago when introducing the program. “In collaboration with Rockwell Collins and Bombardier, we have maintained a carefully crafted plan to advance the steps required to receive the STC on schedule,” said Mark O’Donnell, Nextant Aerospace Executive Vice President. “We have three aircraft in-house ready for installation, plus seven more scheduled before year end. The first customer delivery is slated for early December. With more than 25 installations pre-sold, customer interest and market demand has been phenomenal for the Pro Line Fusion® upgrade,” noted O’Donnell.
This certification achievement completes Phase I, Avionics Transformation, of the multiphase 604XT remanufacturing solution. The upgraded flight deck includes the touchscreen Pro Line Fusion®, Synthetic Vision with Airport Dome, WAAS/LVP, and ADS-B Out with the option to include Safe Flight AutoPower, FANS-1A and Link 2000+.
Additional phases of the Challenger 604XT solution include modernized interior cabin design options and aerodynamic enhancements for improved performance.
“With Phase I avionics transformation accomplished, we are accelerating our efforts on the interior cabin redesigns to increase functionality, enrich comfort and provide more customization options for clients,” explained O’Donnell. “Clients may choose from multiple floor plan options to optimize interior space, modify cabin with composite shell integrated with LED lighting, select oversized executive tables and more.”
Nextant is also actively evaluating and finalizing the performance enhancements engineered to deliver a 500 nautical mile range improvement with a service ceiling expansion to FL450.
“We are thrilled to have reached this milestone in our journey to deliver new jet features in technology and systems in the Challenger 604XT. Like the advancements in our 400XT series and G90XT, the goal to deliver remanufactured aircraft at a fraction of the cost of a new one is the cornerstone of our Nextant Family of Aircraft offering,” noted Stephen Maiden, President/CEO.
About Nextant Aerospace
Nextant’s pioneering process for the remanufacturing of business jets is now recognized as an established technical and commercial success worldwide. Their first aircraft, the 400XTi, has posted sales of 70 aircraft in 13 countries. Building on that success, Nextant launched its first turboprop, the G90XT, and has now entered the large cabin category with the introduction of the 604XT. By utilizing advanced modernization techniques in the areas of avionics, power plant and structural/aerodynamic technology, Nextant offers best in class performance and comfort at a fraction of the cost of competitive aircraft.
Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Nextant is the recipient of the Laureate Award for leadership in the field of Business Aviation. For more information visit www.nextantaerospace.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @nextantaero or join us on LinkedIn.