Rockwell Collins CEO Clay Jones may not be a pessimist when it comes to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). But the leader of one of the world’s major avionics manufacturers is not brimming with optimism either.
Rockwell Collins now offers its Airshow 3-D moving map for viewing on an iPad, allowing business jet passengers to follow their flight in the palm of their hands. The company claims it is the first interactive moving map available for iPad use in an aircraft.
Rockwell Collins’s Ascend Flight Information Solutions division is continuing to refine what it believes is the most integrated flight support suite in the business aviation market. The U.S. company, which incorporates the former Air Routing flight support and CTA Fos scheduling and dispatch service, is adding new applications and has also introduced the Dashboard feature to give operators a “top-down” view of the status of their fleet at any given time.
Rockwell Collins has completed flight trials and is “on course” to receive operational credit approval for synthetic vision on a head-up display (HUD) next year, company vice president and general manager for business aviation Greg Irmen said at EBACE. The expectation is that initial approval will be for any runway equipped with an ILS, with credit allowing pilots to fly the approach down to lower minimums using synthetic vision on the HUD without visual references.
Rockwell Collins (Stand 436) has completed flight trials and is “on course” to receive operational credit approval for synthetic vision on a head-up display (HUD) next year, according to Greg Irmen, vice president and general manager business aviation for the U.S. avionics manufacturer. “We are moving very fast in working with industry partners [aircraft manufacturers] to get operational credit,” he said.
Plans for Rockwell Collins to introduce high-speed satcom using the Inmarsat Global Express Ka-band broadband system in 2014 have changed as the two companies “recently discontinued negotiations on an agreement to develop a joint global Ka broadband solution for the aviation industry,” according to Rockwell Collins. “Accordingly, Rockwell Collins is evaluating alternative broadband solutions as part of its continued commitment to provide comprehensive connectivity offerings.”
Bombardier delivered the first Global 5000 equipped with the Global Vision flight deck on March 25 during a delivery ceremony at its Montreal, Canada headquarters. Global Vision, which is based on a Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics suite, features three large LCD cockpit displays as well as an LCD-based head-up display.
Data Link Solutions (DLS), a joint venture between Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems, has been awarded a $5.5 million contract to provide multifunctional information distribution system–low- volume terminals (MIDS-LVTs) to the Republic of Korea Air Force. The terminals will be installed on F-16 fighters in Wayne, New Jersey, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The work will continue through 2014.
Thai Aviation Industries (TAI) and Rockwell Collins have just completed a major avionics upgrade for the Royal Thai Air Force’s C-130 Hercules fleet. The upgrade began five years ago and was accomplished in two phases, each covering six aircraft. The program allows the C-130 fleet to meet CNS/ATM (communications, navigation, surveillance/air traffic management) mandates until at least 2020, in turn allowing unrestricted access to global airspace.
Jet Aviation Teterboro has been named an official Rockwell Collins dealer, enhancing the level of avionics support available for both transient and Teterboro-based operators. The MRO has signed a dealership agreement with Rockwell Collins allowing it to maintain Rockwell Collins equipment and procure parts for operators at a discounted rate. In recent months Jet Aviation Teterboro has opened a new avionics shop, received additional FAA approvals and expanded its avionics team.