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CSeries flight deck makes splash at Dubai Airshow

Nov. 14, 2011, Toronto - Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced Saturday that a full-scale flight deck demonstrator for the all-new CSeries aircraft will make its world debut at the Dubai Airshow, which opens on Sunday, November 13.

November 14, 2011  By Carey Fredericks

Visitors to the Bombardier CSeries aircraft dome, situated at P1, will experience first-hand the most advanced flight deck demonstrator in the industry.

"The all-new design of the CSeries aircraft flight deck benefits from the latest avionics technology and will set the new standard," said Robert Dewar, Vice President and General Manager, CSeries, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "The CSeries aircraft flight deck features a number of state-of-the-art communication and navigation aids, developed with the future in mind. Our integrated design approach offers reduced costs through increased operational efficiency and reduced pilot training, while improving reliability. The result is a finely tuned human-machine interface, which the demonstrator allows visitors to experience."

"Step-by-step, the CSeries aircraft advances towards its first flight. The state-of-the-art flight deck demonstrator shows the progress we're making. Resulting from a clean-sheet design, the CSeries aircraft flight deck leverages the full spectrum of Rockwell Collins and Bombardier's avionic design heritage," added Mr. Dewar.

As in a real aircraft, visitors can "board" the CSeries aircraft demonstrator, turn left to experience the flight deck or turn right to walk down the aisle of the cabin. The cabin features spacious seating, increased shoulder space, extra large windows and upsized overhead storage that deliver a new level of widebody comfort in a single-aisle aircraft.


The leading-edge flight deck technology is one of many factors that make the CSeries aircraft the most advanced jetliner in the growing 100- to 149-seat market. The CSeries aircraft combines advanced materials and proven methods to meet commercial airline requirements in 2013 and beyond.

LCD Displays

The integrated flight deck features high-resolution 15.1-inch diagonal LCD displays, the industry's largest, which are capable of enhanced and synthetic vision future upgrades. The flight management system display is based on a phase of flight approach, giving the flight crew improved access to information while reducing workload. Graphical Flight Planning functionality allows the crew to click on the map to search for information or modify the flight plan, permitting increased situational awareness. An intuitive graphical human-machine interface enhances operational efficiency, reduces pilot workload and pilot training costs.

The MultiScan(TM) weather radar autonomously processes the entire block of atmosphere ahead of the aircraft and searches for the most significant weather information, without pilot intervention. The crew is alerted with a color change when the radar predicts wind shear, giving the crew plenty of time to take appropriate action.

Head-Up Flying

The glareshield radio tuning is a feature unique to the CSeries aircraft that illustrates Bombardier's focus on head-up flying. It allows critical tasks, such as frequency changes, head-up guidance system data entry, navigation control and support functions for the displays, to all be done from the glareshield.

Sidesticks allow the pilot to interface with the fly-by-wire control system that provides simplified handling with flight envelope protection. The Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion system offers extensive growth capabilities to meet all anticipated future air space requirements, as well as high reliability to meet the rigorous demands of commercial airline operations.


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