24 Apr Successful C-26D Test Flight Advances Nextant Aerospace Cockpit Upgrade Programs in Military Aviation Sector
Nextant successfully completes test flight in Italy for the United States Navy C-26 upgraded navigation system.
CLEVELAND, OHIO, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 –
Nextant Aerospace, a global leader in aircraft and component remanufacturing and builders of the 400XTi, G90XT, and 604XT, announced today that it has successfully completed the test flight with a US Navy C-26D in Italy. This follows the successful certification flight completed earlier for the USAF T-1A AMP program.
In early April 2019, a United States Navy C-26D transport aircraft initiated the flight from Naples, Italy, to test a newly installed precision navigation upgrade that Nextant engineered to integrate with the aircraft’s Collins Aerospace Pro Line 21TM system. “This second, successful military test flight illustrates how Nextant is emerging as a premier government contractor for efficient and cost-effective modernization upgrades,” said Mark O’Donnell, Nextant Aerospace Executive Vice President. “Having successfully collaborated with Collins Aerospace on several major flight deck projects, Nextant is pleased to add this upgrade to the list of successful collaborations,” commented O’Donnell.
Based at US Naval Support Activities (NSA) Naples, the USN C-26D aircraft provides mission support and distinguished visitor airlift for the US Navy 6th Fleet and NATO. To improve the aircraft’s effectiveness, the Nextant upgrade features Localizer Performance with Vertical guidance (LPV) to enable the aircraft to land with reduced minimums in poor weather.
Nextant modified Collins Aerospace Pro Line 21 Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to meet the requirements and needs of the military program. “Collins Aerospace chose us based on our ability to work quickly and efficiently with the FAA on military commercial derivative aircraft STC projects as well as our expertise on the Pro Line 21 STC,” noted Colonel Robert Leonard (retired USAF), Nextant Aerospace Director of Government Business.
About Nextant Aerospace
Recognized as the global leader in aircraft and component remanufacturing, Nextant Aerospace has redefined the business aviation industry by using reimagined engineering and production capabilities to transform used business aircraft into new modern airframes. The airframes are rebuilt with innovative technology for improved performance, advanced flight deck avionics, and enhanced passenger cabin configurations. Nextant delivers a cabin class for every stage of ownership with its family of aircraft, consisting of the G90XT turboprop, 400XTi light jet, and 604XT large cabin. These best-in-class performance and comfort airframes are reborn at a fraction of the cost of new competing aircraft. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Nextant Aerospace offers a host of services including aircraft component repair and overhaul, engineering and certification, non-destructive testing (NTD), and parts and STC kitting. As the recipient of the Laureate Award for leadership in the field of Business Aviation, Nextant serves clients in the corporate, government/military, and airline transport aviation sectors. For more information visit www.nextantaerospace.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @nextantaero or join us on LinkedIn.