Rockwell Collins has received certification of its integrated flight information system (IFIS), an extension to its Pro Line 21 avionics suite that brings electronic charts, graphical weather and enhanced maps into the cockpit.

The IFIS has been approved first in a Bombardier Challenger 601 upgraded with Pro Line 21 Continuum avionics. Certification in the similarly upgraded Dassault Falcon 20 and 50 is expected early next year.

IFIS uses the file server unit (FSU) developed for Pro Line 21, which can store 2GB of data (with growth to 16 GB) and communicates via Ethernet with the large-format liquid-crystal displays.

The FSU is standard on Cessna's Citation CJ3, which will be certificated in mid-2004, and optional on the Gulfstream G150, which will be approved early in 2006. IFIS will provide enhanced maps in the CJ3, with charts and graphical weather optional.

IFIS is designed to increase crew situation awareness and reduce cockpit workload. Electronic charts including approaches, departures and airport maps are tied into the flight plan and, where geo-referenced charts are available, aircraft position is shown. The aircraft symbol overlaid on airport maps will provide taxi guidance, for example.

Graphical weather is also available via either WSI broadcast, Universal Weather request/reply datalink, or XM Satellite Radio XM WX service. Enhanced map overlays include geo-political boundaries, controlled and restricted airspace and airways.

A dual-FSU installation will be certificated in October that will, with operational approval, allow a paperless cockpit, Collins says.

Source: Flight International