Duncan Aviation Receives STC for Integrated Challenger 601 3A/3R CPDLC/FANS 1/A+ Solution

LINCOLN, NEB. — Duncan Aviation is pleased to announce it recently completed an industry-first Controller Pilot Data Link Communications/Future Air Navigation System (CPDLC/FANS) 1/A+ installation. The Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) was recently issued by the FAA and covers the Challenger 601. The installation features the upgraded NZ-2000 Honeywell Flight Management System (FMS), which integrates with current Challenger 601 Original Equipment Manager (OEM) flight decks.

“Our installation is unique in the industry,” says Regional Avionics Sales Manager Mark Francetic. “All other FANS FMSes on the market for the Challenger 601s are standalone units, but Duncan Aviation is installing an integrated Honeywell FMS. This upgraded Honeywell FMS satisfies all current NextGen mandates for FANS/CPDLC, and is an integral part of our ADS-B OUT, and WAAS LPV programs. Additionally, it’s a very cost-effective option.”

This CPDLC/FANS 1/A+ upgrade also demonstrates Duncan Aviation’s commitment to its customers to keep their aircraft flying in airspace around the world.

“Duncan Aviation is developing solutions for these aircraft, along with all others, well before the mandate deadlines prevent aircraft that are not properly equipped from flying in desired airspace,” says Avionics Tech Rep Chris Christianson. “By doing these upgrades and modifications now, we also hope to eliminate the ever-growing issue of obsolescence with regard to aging avionics systems that will soon or already face being sunset.”

The Honeywell system integrates with current Challenger 601 flight decks and is forward-fit compatible with future mandates.

“We’re committed to offering our customers cutting-edge solutions. This Honeywell system is designed to accommodate future mandates we may see for United-States airspace,” says Francetic. “We’re anticipating mandates for ADS-B IN and an updated version of Link2000 and CPDLC in the United States. Right now, these systems are used primarily when flying over water and through EU airspace, but when future mandates are issued for U.S. airspace, this Honeywell system will already be ready for the upgraded equipment.”

For more information about this unique solution, visit for program details.

For more information about NextGen requirements and solutions, please visit Duncan Aviation’s NextGen page at and scroll to the Duncan Aviation NextGen Contacts section. You may also call:

Justin Vena
Office: 269.968.8789
Mobile: 269.420.5375

About Duncan Aviation

Duncan Aviation is an aircraft service provider supporting the aviation needs of government and business operators and other service providers. Services include major and minor airframe inspections, engine maintenance, major retrofits for cabin and cockpit systems, full paint and interior services, and preowned aircraft sales and acquisitions. Duncan Aviation also has international aircraft components solutions experts available 24/7/365 at +1 402.475.4125 who can handle any aircraft system problem with immediate exchanges, rotables, loaners or avionics/instrument/accessory repairs and overhauls. Complete service facilities are located in Battle Creek, Michigan; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Provo, Utah. We also have dozens of other facilities strategically located throughout the United States to provide customers with regional support and the quickest response possible to avionics, engine and airframe Aircraft On Ground (AOG) situations.

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