Nextant Aerospace announced that it had successfully completed the first flight of the Pro Line Fusion equipped Challenger 604 aircraft. Having just announced the program at EBACE this past summer, the test flight took place just 3 months after the launch of the program. “I’m extremely proud of our development team,” stated Nextant executive, Mark O’Donnell. “The initial system integration went very well and the fact we have now entered the flight test segment of our certification effort is a testament to the great work and collaboration that has taken place between the teams at Nextant and Rockwell Collins.” The aircraft completed 2 flight segments and will continue with flight test protocols before flying the test article to NBAA. “The cockpit performed flawlessly today,” stated Nathan Marker, VP of Flight Operations for Nextant Aerospace and Chief Test Pilot. “Having worked on several programs in the past, I am most impressed by the forward fit nature of this integration. The Pro Line Fusion cockpit not only addresses pending regulatory and obsolescence requirements that the Challenger is facing, it also provides the flight crew with the absolute latest in forward fit technology,” stated Captain Marker.
21 September 2017