Bombardier Aerospace Selects Rockwell Collins' Pro Line Fusion Avionics Suite For The Learjet 85 Aircraft

Bombardier Aerospace today announced that the new all-composite Learjet 85 aircraft will feature Rockwell Collins’ newPro Line FusionTM avionics suite.

This is the second application of Pro Line Fusion in a Bombardier aircraft platform. The top of the line avionics suite was first launched as a key component of Bombardier’s Global Vision flight deck in September 2007.

“The Global Vision flight deck has raised the cockpit environment to a whole new level and we are thrilled to offer Learjet 85 operators a flight deck derived from best,” said David Coleal, vice-president and general manager, Learjet.

The latest in technological advancements from Rockwell Collins – Pro Line Fusion – is once again paired with superior design aesthetics from world-renowned design consultancy firm Design Q, to create the ultimate Learjet flight deck environment.

“We are delighted to team with Bombardier on this all new aircraft project,” said Denny Helgeson, vice-president and general manager of Business and Regional Systems for Rockwell Collins. “Pro Line Fusion will offer Learjet 85 pilots key technological advancements such as synthetic vision and incorporates information management technologies designed to reduce pilot workload,”

Avionics suite integrates the latest in advanced technology features
Pro Line Fusion –Rockwell Collins’ most advanced avionics suite technology –provides an integrated flight deck to ensure interoperability between systems and overall increased efficiency. The new avionics suite features three high resolution 15-inch diagonal LCD displays, synthetic enhanced vision, advanced human-machine interface including graphical flight planning capability, Integrated Flight Information Systems (IFIS) with electronic charts, dual advanced flight management systems, electronic checklists linked to the Engine Indicating and Crew Alerting System (EICAS) and integrated circuit breaker control.

The new Learjet 85 set to redefine the midsize business jet class
Launched on October 30, 2007 the new Learjet 85 aircraft will be the first Bombardier Aerospace jet to feature an all-composite structure and will be the first all-composite structure business jet designed for type certification under U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
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An extraordinary advancement in next generation flight, the Learjet 85 aircraft’s all-composite structure will allow Learjet designers to maximize cabin comfort while minimizing drag and improving performance. Exceptional strength-to-weight ratio, reduced maintenance and extended service life are key characteristics of all-composite airframes. Other competitive advantages of composites include reduced structural part count and significantly less vulnerability to corrosion or fatigue damage than the equivalent metal structure.

Building on legendary Learjet performance
True to its legendary heritage, the Learjet 85 aircraft is set to deliver the extraordinary performance, superior technology and exceptional value Learjet aircraft owners expect.
The clean-sheet Learjet aircraft targets a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.82 and a transcontinental range of up to 3,000 nautical miles (5,556 km)*. Designed to provide a larger, more comfortable cabin than any existing midsize aircraft, this jet will offer eight passengers a stand-up cabin built to ensure superior productivity and comfort.

Learjet is the first name in corporate aviation. Since acquiring Learjet Inc. in 1990, Bombardier Aerospace has carried forward the brand’s proud legacy by launching eight high-performance and fuel-efficient aircraft.

About Bombardier
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2008, were $17.5 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at

 Note to editors
*Under certain operating conditions, range with 2 crew, 4 passengers (200 lb each) and 100 NM NBAA IFR reserves.  Assumes standard BOW, sea level departure and landing, unrestricted climb, cruise and descent with zero wind and standard (ISA) conditions en route.

Bombardier, Learjet, Learjet 85, Global and Global Vision are either registered or unregistered trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

Pro Line FusionTM is a trademark of Rockwell Collins

For information
Danielle Boudreau
Bombardier Business Aircraft
Cell: 514-898-6386