Bombardier has received European and US approval for the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 integrated flightdeck and aircraft window modifications in its Challenger 605 business jet. The approvals complete the initial certification effort for the large cabin aircraft which succeeds the 604 model and is scheduled to enter service in 2007. Meanwhile, Bombardier's fractional ownership arm Flexjet is launch customer for Collins's Tailwind 300 satellite television system, which will be installed alongside its high-speed data satellite communications system on Challenger 604s and 605s. The Dallas, Texas-based operator recently widened its secondary service area to incorporate Mexico. Customers no longer pay ferry fees for flying in and out of the country.



Eclipse Aviation has sold three Eclipse 500s to US company Dole Food and diversified affiliate Castle & Cooke, which is to use the very light jets to supplement its corporate aircraft fleet.

Source: Flight International