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to present a virtual tour of the CSeries new ight deck.
Robert Dewar, Bombardier s vice-president and general
manager of the CSeries programme, Bombardier
Commercial Aircraft, demonstrated how the new
cockpit contributes to the aircra s a p p e a l .
" e CSeries cockpit takes ying to a whole new level
by reducing costs while improving operational e ciency,"
Dewar said. "This flight deck for the future offers
enhanced pilot awareness, increased simplicity, paperless
operation and reduced pilot training time."
As a clean-sheet design, "the CSeries aircra allowed
Bombardier to use the latest technolog y available in
collaboration with our supplier Rockwell Collins", he
" e Pro Line Fusion avionics solution provides an
open architecture that features an intuitive graphical
human-machine interface, extensive situational
awareness capabilities, and comprehensive integration
with aircraft systems," said Colin Mahoney, vice-
president of sales, marketing and support for Rockwell
Collins Commercial Systems unit. "To enhance
operational e ciency, the system can o er information-
management capabilities for database management,
aircra maintenance and airline operations planning."
e integrated ight deck features high-resolution,
15.1-inch diagonal LCD displays, the industry s largest,
capable of enhanced and synthetic vision. e ight-
management system display is based on phases of ight,
giving the ight crew improved access to information
while reducing workload. Graphical Flight Planning
functionality allows the crew to click on the map display
to search for information or modify the ight plan.
e aircra s MultiScan weather radar automatically
processes "the entire block of atmosphere ahead of the
aircra and searches for the most signi cant weather
information, without pilot inter vention", Bombardier
said. e crew is alerted with a colour change when
the radar predicts wind shear, allowing plenty of time
to take appropriate action.
Glare-shield radio tuning is a feature unique to the
CSeries, illustrating Bombardier s focus on head-up
ying. Critical tasks such as frequency changes, head-
up guidance system data entry, navigation control and
support functions for the displays, can all be done from
the glare shield.
The aircraft s control surfaces are operated via
sidesticks that interface with the CSeries y-by-wire
control system, providing optimised handling and ight-
" e Pro Line Fusion system o ers 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,"
Bombardier says it expects to achieve "predictable
repeatability and enhanced quality while preventing
ergonomic issues on the production line" by using six,
10.89-tonne robots in the assembly of the cockpit and
fuselage of the jetliner. In addition, the company also
expects to shave more than 40 hours from the cycle time
needed to assemble the aircra .
" e use of advanced robotic technolog y is emblematic
of the clean-sheet approach we ve taken to building the
CSeries," said Francois Minville, Bombardier s vice-
president of CSeries manufacturing. " e use of the
robots will enable us to o er a superior aircra at the
best cost to our operators."
Until now, Bombardier aircra have largely been
assembled by hand. However, at a diameter of 12
(3.7m), the fuselage of the CSeries family is larger
than any aircra previously built by the company.
e wider fuselage poses an ergonomic challenge
Joining the fuselage sections by hand would require
many hours to assemble the necessary sca olding for
workers to reach the top of the aircra , and many
more to move the sca olding down the length of the
fuselage. e robots are able to extend to a full height
of 18 9 inches, allowing them to reach the top or
the bottom of the aircra .
In as little as 32 seconds, each robot can drill a small
hole and then precisely rivet or hammer a fastener to
the aluminium-lithium fuselage. For the composite
fuselage sections, the process takes 53 seconds to
drill, add a sealant and then a fastener. Four robots,
working with one operator each, can join the fuselage
sections for a CSeries aircra in 17 hours. Advanced
vision-control systems ensure that each hole is drilled
to a tolerance within one-hundredth of an inch.
Custom-made platforms will support and move
the six robots, while end e ectors, at the end of the
robotic arms, will house tooling to perform the work.
Two of the robots have already been delivered
to the Saint-Laurent Manufacturing Centre in
Montreal, where Bombardier will assemble the
carbon- bre a fuselage and cockpit of the aircra .
ese robots will join the cockpit with a front section
of the fuselage and assemble the a fuselage.
Four more robots are scheduled to be installed at
Bombardier s Mirabel facility, about 30 miles north
of Montreal, where CSeries nal assembly will take
place. At Mirabel, the robots will rivet the front
section, including the cockpit and the front fuselage,
with the mid, rear and a sections of the fuselage.
Working in tandem, one on each side of the aircra
fuselage, the four robots will install the rivets to join
the fuselage sections.
Robot operators and maintenance employees
are now being trained at the Saint-Laurent
Manufacturing Centre. A fuselage test barrel, made
by Shenyang Aircra of China, which will supply
the aircra centre fuselage, is being used to test
"We re adopting and adapting lean, exible, safe
and ergonomically advanced solutions to ensure that
the manufacturing process for the CSeries aircra is
fully optimized," Minville said. " e installation and
testing of these advanced robots demonstrates that
Bombardier is moving full steam ahead in making
the CSeries aircra a reality, a jetliner that will set a
new benchmark in the industry."
"The CSeries cockpit takes flying to a whole new level by
reducing costs while improving operational efficiency."
-- CSeries Programme General Manager Robert Dewar
Rockwell Collins is providing
its Pro Line Fusion flight deck
for the CSeries programme.
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