Estonian air taxi operator Fort Aero takes an uncompromising approach regarding safety and strives for greater operational efficiency. This is why the company is a participant of the Pro Line 21 Upgrade Program for its Falcon 2000 Classic aircraft. In line with Fort Aero’s priorities, the upgrade is designed to deliver greater situational awareness, efficiency, and performance during operations.
A part of the program developed by Rockwell Collins is the new Integrated Flight Information System (IFIS) for the aircraft. IFIS replaces traditional printed charts with high resolution electronic charts that allow for paperless operation. IFIS also allows flight crews to monitor actual aircraft position more efficiently. Through integration with the aircraft GPS, the aircraft symbol can be displayed with geo-referenced approach, airport and airspace charts. As a result, operating at night, in low visibility conditions or at unfamiliar airports is more intuitive and safe. The upgrade also includes installation of the Future Air Navigation System (FANS 1/A) on Falcon 2000. A good example of the benefits of this system is how aircraft operators can save both time and fuel by receiving information about preferred wind-efficient routes through FANS 1/A. Furthermore, FANS 1/A provides direct data link communication between pilots and the air traffic controller. The Pro Line 21 Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Displays (AMLCD) will replace the old CRT displays and provide a higher level of operational efficiency and convenience. AMLCD technology is more reliable and has greater technical support resources. Operating costs are reduced, considering the warranty package from Rockwell Collins and the overall robustness of the new platform.
With the new, state-of-the-art avionics equipment, Fort Aero pilots are getting powerful new tools to help them make more strategic decisions about their flight plans. The upgrade package also includes the technology necessary for the ADS-B mandate compliance. The ADS-B mandate is expected to come into force on 1st January 2020 in the United States and the European Union. There has been no compromises of safety during the company’s 20 years in operation, and the Pro Line 21 Upgrade Program ensures that Fort Aero continues to implement the best practices for safe operations in the industry.