Azul Brazilian Airlines selects Rockwell Collins avionics for 58 Airbus A320neo

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Courtesy: Airbus.

Azul Brazilian Airlines has selected a host of Rockwell Collins avionics, including its MultiScan ThreatTrackTM weather radar and GLU-925 Multi-Mode Receiver (MMR), for 58 Airbus A320neo aircraft. Deliveries will begin in September. The announcement was made at FIDAE 2016 Chile, the International Fair of Air and Space Exhibition.

“These advanced avionics will enable Azul airlines to fly more precise routes while avoiding inclement weather—which ultimately means safer and more efficient operations,” said Alan Prowse, vice president and managing director, Americas. “We’re pleased with the t rust that Azul is putting in Rockwell Collins and look forward to continuing our relationship with the fastest growing airline in Brazil.”

Azul will start receiving A320neo in September with entry into service of the first aircraft in November. The airline expects to receive six A320neo in 2016 and eight in 2017.

“Our partnership with Rockwell Collins will guarantee even more safe and efficient operations, with a brand new aircraft, as the A320neo will join our modern fleet”, said Flavio Costa, Azul’s Technical-Operational vice-president. “We are very excited with the support of Rockwell Collins on our operations with the A320neo, as a recognized company in development of aviation solutions.”

MultiScan ThreatTrack goes beyond hail and lightning prediction within a thunderstorm cell and alerts pilots to these significant threats adjacent to or above the cell. In addition, the new radar is the first in the industry to feature two levels of turbulence detection—severe and ride quality—which more accurately informs flight crews of the type of turbulence in their path.

Unique to MultiScan ThreatTrack is its patented Predictive Overflight™ Protection, which tracks thunderstorm cells ahead and below the aircraft, measures growth rate, predicts bow-wave turbulence and indicates potential threats in the aircraft’s flight path.

The advanced GLU-925 MMR is the first certified GPS Landing System receiver, enabling high-integrity navigation, including RNP AR, Category III ILS and Category I Global Positioning Landing System approaches. The MMR also enables GPS position and availability requirements for ADS-B Out mandates.

Azul Brazilian Airlines also selected the following Rockwell Collins avionics:

  • ADF-900 Automatic Direction Finder
  • DME-900 Distance Measuring Equipment
  • HFS-900D Radio
  • VHF-2100 Very High Frequency Transceiver
  • LRA-2100 Digital Radio Altimeter Transceiver
  • RDMI-743 Radio Distance Magnetic Indicator
  • VOR-900 VHF Omnidirectional Radio
  • AOC Interpreter and Database

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Airplan renews contract for Rockwell Collins’ ARINC airport solutions at six Colombian airports

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Courtesy: Rockwell Collins.

Airplan S.A., a private airport management company overseeing operations at six airports in Colombia, has signed a multi-year contract to renew and expand the use of Rockwell Collins’ ARINC airport solutions.

Since 2010, Rockwell Collins has provided services to Airplan airports including José María Córdova, Rionegro (MDE), Olaya Herrera, Medellín (EOH), Los Garzones, Montería (MTR), Antonio Roldán Betancur, Carepa (APO), El Caraño Quibdó (UIB) and Las Brujas, Corozal (CZU).

MDE and EOH are using ARINC vMUSE™ common use check-in and ARINC SelfServ™ common use kiosks to improve the passenger experience while reducing costs. The ARINC solutions enable the airports to support multiple carriers without requiring additional investments in infrastructure.

Airplan has also extended the contract to include the use of Rockwell Collins’ ARINC airport operational solutions at MDE to optimize terminal operations by helping determine the most time-efficient use of aircraft, gates and stands, better managing existing resources.

“We have been working with Rockwell for some time now, and our renewal demonstrates our satisfaction with the solutions it’s providing, This new contract will allow us to provide better services for airlines and passengers,” said Sara Ramirez, CEO at Airplan. “Rockwell Collins’ airport solutions will continue to modernize aviation transportation and infrastructure in the region.”

The new agreement also includes a full technology refresh of airport equipment to the latest standards, including a state-of-the-art virtualized core design that will reduce costs by saving space and decreasing energy expenses.

ARINC airport solutions deployed at the airports include:

  • ARINC vMUSE
  • ARINC SelfServ
  • ARINC AirDB 7™
  • ARINC AirVUE™
  • ARINC Resource Management System
  • ARINC InfoHub

Source: Rockwell Collins.

Rockwell Collins selected to provide Micro Inertial Navigation Sensors for Brazil’s FT Sistemas FT-200FH unmanned helicopter

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Courtesy: Rockwell Collins.

FT Sistemas has selected Rockwell Collins to provide its Micro Inertial Navigation Sensor (INS) for the new FT-200FH unmanned Category 2 helicopter. The agreement between the companies was announced at the FIDAE 2016 air show in the Brazil pavilion, coordinated by ABIMDE in partnership with Apex-Brasil.

“Rockwell Collins has been a valued partner throughout the last 10 years, and we’re proud to have them working with us in a new project. It is great to have a partner that brings great technology and local support to better serve our needs,” said Nei Brasil, FT Systems CEO.

“This contract is another step in our long lasting relationship with FT Sistemas as we provide advanced technology to this brand new unmanned aerial vehicle,” said Marcelo Vaz, managing director, for Rockwell Collins do Brasil.

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Courtesy: Rockwell Collins.

The Micro INS is an advanced INS/GPS with an integrated air data system and magnetometer that offers complete and accurate platform state data. Weighing around 100 grams, the Micro INS incorporates an internal disk-on-chip for extended data logging, and meets demanding environmental requirements for shock, vibration, temperature and humidity.

The Micro INS uses highly reliable micro electromechanical systems sensors, including accelerometers, rate gyros, magnetometer and air data pressure sensors, along with a differential ready, Wide Area Augmentation System-enabled GPS receiver.

Source: Rockwell Collins.

Rockwell Collins showcases its latest technologies at FIDAE 2016

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Courtesy: Rockwell Collins.

Rockwell Collins is attending to FIDAE 2016 with the most advanced and high-integrity technologies, this year the company is showcasing its avionics solutions for tanker, transport, maritime patrol and trainer aircraft, along with state of the art network communication capabilities for commercial and business aviation, military, perimeter protection and flight support solutions and services.

Featuring globally proven avionics, communications and information management solutions, the company brought to FIDAE the following products:

  • Pro Line Fusion integrated flight deck — leveraging commercial flight decks for military transport and training aircraft
  • Flight2 integrated flight deck — military missionized flight decks ideal for military cargo and coastal surveillance/patrol aircraft
  • Virtual Avionics Procedures Trainer — aircrew procedural training using actual aircraft Avionics systems
  • TruNet Networked Communications Solution — mission customized air-ground-sea networks
  • HF Cellular and Wideband HF — assured, all-terrain, long range, high bandwidth communications capabilities ideal for interoperable military forces communications, disaster relief, and border-protection
  • SubNet Relay — ad hoc networking for maritime operations
  • Patrol Persistent Surveillance System — remotely monitored security threat surveillance, alert and access control system
  • ARINCDirect — comprehensive flight support and connectivity services for military aviation.

The public is invited to visit Rockwell Collins’ space in the fair, once they are located in Pavilion E, Stand 1 and Pavilion F, Brazil pavilion.

Airbus: Fleet in Latin America to more than double by 2034

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Courtesy: Airbus.

Latin America’s traffic will grow at an average of 4.7 percent annually in the next 20 years, above the world average of 4.6 percent. Driving this growth are airlines domiciled in the region growing at 5.0 percent annually, placing them among the world’s top three fastest-growing group of airlines.

The region’s urbanization is a factor propelling this growth, as Latin America is one of the most urbanized in the world second only to North America, with some 80 percent of its population living in cities. A consistent economic growth will also prompt traffic growth in the region; according to the GMF, in the next 20 years, Latin America’s annual GDP is forecast to grow at a rate of 3.6 percent, above the world’s 3.2 percent. Furthermore, Latin American passengers will play a part in fueling traffic growth, taking on average over twice as many flights by 2034 as they do now.

“Latin America’s long-haul route expansion is imminent, and we are already seeing airlines respond by opting for larger, longer-range and more efficient aircraft such as the A350 XWB and the A380, which both began operating in the region in 2016,” said Rafael Alonso, President of Airbus for Latin American and the Caribbean. “We are also seeing the region’s top airlines modernizing their fleets with the A320neo Family, allowing them to achieve efficiency gains even in a less-than-favorable economic environment.”

While presenting the Airbus Global Market Forecast for Latin America during a press conference at Chile’s FIDAE (Feria Internacional del Aire y del Espacio) Air Show, Alonso added, “By 2034 we will see nine of the world’s 91 megacities located in Latin America, including Santiago, making it a world-leading emerging aviation market. In the long-term, we are optimistic about the outlook for Latin America as it expands its aviation footprint on the world’s stage.”

Presently, the long-haul market space presents a solid opportunity for Latin American carriers to claim back market share. Today, the top European and North American airlines carry the majority of long-haul traffic into and out of the region, at 83 percent and 75 percent respectively.

In fact, according to the GMF, the traffic flows between South America and Western Europe and between South America and the United States are forecast to be two of the world’s largest international traffic flows by 2034.

Similarly, the intra-regional and domestic market within Latin America also holds tremendous growth potential given that traffic is expected to nearly triple in the next 20 years, growing at a favorable rate of 5.3 percent. Passengers in North America and Europe can count on at least one flight per day to connect them to the 20 largest cities in their regions, but in Latin America this figure is smaller. Only 43 percent of the region’s top 20 cities are connected by one daily flight, leaving the rest of the region’s cities with less-than-weekly connections or none at all.

The region’s low cost carriers (LCC) have grown tremendously in the past 15 years, accounting for only 10 percent of air traffic in Latin America in 2003 to almost 40 percent today. Previously concentrated exclusively in Brazil and Mexico, the LCC model has emerged in other key markets like Colombia and Chile.

With nearly 1,000 aircraft sold and a backlog of more than 400, over 600 Airbus aircraft are in operation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 1990, Airbus has secured 63 percent of net orders in the region and in the past 10 years alone, Airbus has tripled its inservice fleet.

Source: Airbus.

Airbus highlights its market leadership in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Courtesy: Airbus.

Airbus’ presence at this week’s FIDAE 2016 air show in Chile underscores the company’s leading presence in Latin America and the Caribbean, with more than 600 jetliners in operation and market share of 65 per cent based on the to-be-delivered aircraft backlog.

Rafael Alonso, the Airbus head in Latin American and the Caribbean, said the region’s carriers are setting global standards by flying some of the world’s youngest fleets, driven by a highly competitive market. The in-service fleet average age is just over nine years old, as illustrated by the service entry last January of Airbus’ new A350 XWB with TAM Airlines of the LATAM Airlines Group, and the upcoming introduction of A320neo (new engine option) Family aircraft in Brazil and Mexico.

Brazil represents more than one third of Latin America’s air traffic overall, a figure that has more than doubled since 2000, according to Alonso. Appropriately, this country is the largest market for Airbus in Latin America, with its aircraft flown by the LATAM Airlines Group, Azul Linhas Aereas and Avianca Brasil.

Alonso anticipates tremendous growth in Mexico, where Airbus has four prominent customers: Volaris, Interjet and VivaAerobus (all of which are low-cost carriers); and cargo operator Aerounion.

Looking to the future, Alonso foresees additional opportunities as airlines build on the consolidation and alliances that were forged in previous years, and as the region continues to benefit from traffic growth – noting that nine of the world’s 91 aviation mega-cities will be situated in Latin America by 2034.

Source: Airbus.

Embraer forecasts a market demand for 720 new jets with 70 to 130 seats in Latin America

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Courtesy: Embraer.

Embraer Commercial Aviation released today, during FIDAE (Feria del Aire y del Espacio), its market outlook for Latin America, which forecasts that the region will take delivery of 720 new jets in the 70 to 130-seat segment over the next 20 years, representing 11% of the worldwide demand for the segment in the period. The 70 to 130-seat jet fleet in service is estimated to grow from the current 310 units to 740 by 2034.

Despite the region’s current headwinds, which stem mainly from political and economic instability, prospects for mid and long-term growth remain positive in the coming years. An economic turnaround is expected, addressing macroeconomic imbalances and restoring business confidence. This recovery will result in more equitable income distribution and deeper regional integration, which will boost demand for air travel.

Over the last five years, the annual growth in demand for air transport in Latin America has consistently been above the world average of about 5%, hovering at 7%. This trend is expected to continue over the next 20 years, when the region will grow around 6% annually.

The growth of the region’s middle class will also create new customers for the airlines, since many people have yet to take their first flight, rendering Latin America ripe for air transport. Comparing the region with a mature air travel market like the U.S. reveals enormous potential for growth: Latin America has 0.4 airline passengers per capita, a figure that is one sixth of the U.S.

Along with the expansion of the middle class, new investments in aviation infrastructure will shape the way air transport will grow in the coming years. The broader reach of air transport beyond major financial and industrial centers to mid-sized cities–with population between one hundred thousand and one million–has caused demand to grow nearly 1.5 times faster than to the largest cities. This growth highlights the need for efficient airline service to new low-and mid-density markets, and higher frequencies in existing markets.

“Fleet optimization is key, as secondary markets are poised to lead the demand for new air travel,” said Simon Newitt, Embraer Vice President, Commercial Aviation, Latin America. “Carriers will continue to acquire new and efficient aircraft to serve low- and mid-density markets and to offer greater network connectivity.”

Consolidation and mergers have also contributed to fundamental changes in the airline industry as a way of leveraging synergies and focusing on sustainable growth and profitability. Yet, some major carriers responded to the capacity/demand mismatch – and financial losses – by cutting routes and reducing capacity in attempting to achieve a more viable business environment.

The first delivery of an E-Jet in Latin America occurred in 2005, when Panama’s Copa Airlines received an E190. Currently, over 200 E-Jets are in service in the region, where Embraer is the leader in the segment of jets up to 130 seats, with 70% of market share. The E-Jets family has logged more than 1,700 orders and over 1,200 deliveries to date. The aircraft are in service with some 70 customers from 50 countries.

In order to meet future demand, Embraer is bringing the E-Jets E2 to the market to complement its current E-Jets offering. The Company recently rolled out the first E190-E2, which will enter service in the first semester of 2018.

Source: Embraer.