Nolinor Aviation recently invested in a new technology program that involves upgrading the avionics systems in its fleet of 10 Boeing 737-200 aircraft. The company says their goal with the equipment modernization is to increase system reliability and minimize any potential delays due to electromechanical and analogue equipment failures.
The company hopes the new technology will maximize the availability of the aircraft for last-minute trips, including flights in much more limited airspace. It will also reduce the amount of time required for maintenance troubleshooting thanks to the self-diagnostic capacity of the on-board systems.
Investing in the future
Nolinor expects this modernization process to take five to six years, for a total investment of $10 million Canadian ($7.72 million US). These modernization efforts have already been undertaken on the aircraft with registration marks C-GTUK, for an initial investment of over CA$1 million.
The investment will help keep Nolinor Aviation at the forefront of the industry as well as ensure that the fleet complies with U.S. regulations for this type of aircraft, which will soon come into effect in Canada as well, they said in a recent press release.
Groundbreaking technical improvements
For the first time ever on a B737-200, all electromechanical navigational and flight instruments will be replaced with four active matrix LCD color screens with LED blacklighting (Universal Avionics EFI 890R). These will be coupled with two solid-state inertial navigation systems (Honeywell Laseref V) and two LPV flight management systems (Universal UNS-1Lw). In addition, the transponder system will be upgraded to meet ADS-B OUT requirements.
The replacement of all gyroscope components will streamline the system architecture by eliminating a number of digital/analogue interfaces and increase the stability of navigational instruments in remote areas. Meanwhile, improvements to the on-board navigation systems will increase the flexibility of operations in monitored areas.
Upholding company values
Nolinor says the modernization of their avionics fleet will ensure the company’s continued operations in the Arctic and large urban areas for years to come. “Innovation is one of our company’s core values and guides our management philosophy. This investment shows that we are committed to technological advancement and safety so that we can offer our clients the best possible service,” explains Jacques Prud‘homme, president of Nolinor Aviation.