T-1A Jayhawk trainer flies with Collins avionics
A US Air Force (USAF) T-1A Jayhawk trainer equipped with Collins Aerospace’s Pro Line 21 integrated avionics system has completed its first flight from Field Aerospace’s facility in Oklahoma City.
Collins and Field Aerospace announced their collaboration for Jayhawk trainer’s flight deck upgrade in 2018.
The USAF’s entire T-1A Jayhawk trainer fleet of 178 aircraft will be upgraded with Pro Line 21 as part of a contract awarded to Field Aerospace. The contract also includes the development of 16 operational flight trainers and 14 part-task trainers that match the new avionics configuration.
The Pro Line 21 glass cockpit system has been designed for continuous improvement as operating requirements evolve.
The T-1A Jayhawk is a commercial derivative of the Beechjet/Hawker 400A, which is used to train future pilots of the air force’s airlift and tanker aircraft.
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