On September 19, 2014, Sierra Industries, Ltd., part of the SkyWay Group, followed its announcement of the Sapphire program, a new suite of performance upgrades to the Cessna 525 Citation Jet series, by revealing that it is currently in discussions with Honeywell’s Bendix King for an avionics integration solution, centering on the recently introduced AeroVueTM platform.
In addition to the GE Honda HF120 engine and aerodynamic upgrades, the Sapphire program will incorporate new-technology avionics systems to integrate the airframe and engine modifications. The avionics integration, likely based on the Bendix King AeroVueTM platform, will provide the Citation Jet with state-of-the-art flight deck displays, integrating critical health parameters for the new engine.
Mark Huffstutler, founder and CEO of the SkyWay Group remarks, “The 525 Citation Jet is an ideal platform to bring together two of the current industry-leading technologies in one retrofit solution. ”
As previously announced, the Sapphire program targets all 525-series Cessna business jets, including all CitationJet, CJ1 and CJ1+ models. Sierra’s sister company, SkyWay Aerospace Technologies (SWAT) and Honeywell’s Bendix King are in discussions on the level of integration required for this fleet upgrade as well as the improved utility and pilot’s situational awareness that can be accommodated through the highly sophisticated avionics platform.
Derived from industry-leading Honeywell avionics systems used worldwide on large and midsize business jets and air transport aircraft, the AeroVueTM Integrated Flight Deck offers a sophisticated avionics platform, including Flight Management System, Autopilot, SmartViewTM Synthetic Vision, and INAVTM functionality with electronic charts displayed on three large LCD screens. Also included is a robust inflight Internet solution, the BendixKing AeroWaveTM 100.
For more information, visit www.sijet.com, or contact Sierra Industries, Ltd., 122 Howard Langford Dr, Uvalde, TX 78801, (830) 278-4481