Boeing 777X to feature touchscreen flight displays from Rockwell Collins

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Boeing has selected Rockwell Collins to provide its industry-leading touchscreen flight displays for all five flight deck displays on the new Boeing 777X. The advanced touchscreen capability will make the flight deck more intuitive for pilots and more efficient for flight operations. This is the first time a commercial air transport aircraft will be equipped with touchscreen forward flight displays.

“Touchscreens are everywhere in our lives and we applaud Boeing for taking the bold step to embrace this next evolution in flight deck technology for an advanced aircraft like the 777X,” said Kent Statler, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Commercial Systems for Rockwell Collins. “A touch-controlled flight deck environment makes it easier for pilots to manage information and do their jobs, and speeds up the process to complete tasks.”

The 777X touchscreen flight displays will be multi-touch, so two pilots can touch the same screen at the same time. In addition, the touchscreens will utilize resistive technology (firm touch versus light) for avoiding unintentional interaction with the displays. The touchscreen bezel will provide bracing features for operation during turbulence.

Rockwell Collins is a long-time, leading provider of flight displays for the aerospace and defense industry and was the first to certify touchscreen primary flight displays for commercial aviation, on a business aircraft platform.

As Boeing’s display provider on all of its next-generation aircraft, including the 777X, 787 Dreamliner, 737 MAX and the 747-8, Rockwell Collins is delivering a common graphical foundation for pilots across all of these platforms.

Boeing’s selection of Rockwell Collins for the 777X touchscreen displays adds to the number of solutions that Rockwell Collins will provide on the aircraft, including the integrated surveillance system with MultiScan™ weather radar, select flight controls, Avionics Gateway secure server router and optional dual Head-up Guidance System.

Boeing has 300 orders and commitments for the 777X, with first deliveries planned for 2020.

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Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line Fusion upgrade certified for King Air 350 in Brazil

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Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line Fusion® avionics upgrade solution for King Air 350 turboprops equipped with Pro Line II has received supplemental type certificate (STC) validation from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC). The same upgrade was certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) STC earlier this year.

Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line Fusion upgrade for King Air 350 turboprops provides turn-key compliance with airspace modernization deadlines such as ADS-B and transforms the flying experience with the largest widescreen primary flight displays available. The upgrade enhances the aircraft’s value with the same icon-based, touchscreen technology found on new-production King Airs.

“Pro Line Fusion is a revolution in simplicity for King Air pilots across the world, helping them manage their flight operations with increased ease,” said Craig Olson, vice president and general manager, Business and Regional Systems for Rockwell Collins. “Now, pilots of King Air turboprops in Brazil can experience firsthand how intuitive and convenient it is to fly with Pro Line Fusion.”

Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line Fusion ushers in a new era for King Air 350 owners with:

  • A fully loaded package of baseline equipment for operation in modernizing global airspace: ADS-B mandate compliance, SBAS-capable GNSS, localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) approaches, radius-to-fix (RF) legs and more
  • Three 14.1-inch widescreen LCDs with advanced graphics, configurable windows, and touchscreen interfaces—matching the display configuration of the latest King Air models delivered from the factory
  • Market-leading high-resolution synthetic vision as a standard feature, including Rockwell Collins’ patented airport dome, and extended runway centerlines with mile markers to better orient the pilot from top of descent through final approach
  • Touch-interactive maps with eyes-forward flight planning, high-resolution topography, real-time onboard weather radar overlays, obstacles, and special-use airspace and search patterns for expanded situational awareness and reduced workload
  • Geo-referenced electronic navigation charts that display own-ship aircraft position for enhanced situational awareness during approaches
  • Easy and fast database updates using a standard USB drive port on the front of the displays.

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Citation CJ3 makes first flight with Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line Fusion avionics upgrade

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Courtesy: Rockwell Collins.

A Citation CJ3 equipped with Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line Fusion® avionics made its flying debut this week following implementation of the system on the business jet with Duncan Aviation. The two companies unveiled the new flight deck upgrade for the CJ3 last fall. The successful test flight originated yesterday out of Duncan Aviation’s headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Pro Line Fusion upgrade for the CJ3 provides turn-key compliance with airspace modernization deadlines and transforms the flying experience with widescreen displays, high-resolution synthetic vision and touchscreen navigation. Duncan Aviation has already received more than a dozen deposits from customers for the upgrade.

“This is the avionics upgrade CJ3 owners have been eager to adopt to prepare them for future airspace mandates by bringing the most advanced technology to their flight deck,” said Craig Olson, vice president and general manager, Business and Regional Systems for Rockwell Collins. “With flight testing now under way, the finish line is in sight and we look forward to standing beside Duncan Aviation and watching the first customer fly.”

“The system performed flawlessly on our one hour 10 minute flight in the CJ3,” said Scott Simpson, principal flight test pilot for Rockwell Collins. “Yesterday’s flight included three approaches with synthetic vision displayed for both pilots, graphically-entered flight plan updates, and other avionics checkout procedures. In addition to ensuring ADS-B compliance, owners who upgrade will find it an absolute joy to fly.”

“The Pro Line Fusion flight deck upgrade has been met with much enthusiasm from CJ3 operators,” says Jeff Simmons, a Duncan Aviation Avionics sales representative. “They are excited about transforming their aircraft and their flight experience while meeting the upcoming NextGen mandates. Flight testing of the system is an exciting milestone in this installation and certification process. The collaboration, effort and professionalism shown between the Rockwell Collins and Duncan Aviation teams have been impressive and are the reasons the program has successfully reached this point.”

Pro Line Fusion for the CJ3 replaces the factory-installed portrait displays with three larger 14.1-inch landscape touchscreen flight displays. The upgrade brings turn-key compliance with ADS-B and WAAS LPV, plus pilots will enjoy extensive situational awareness, Synthetic Vision System, and a revolution in simplicity. The system includes intuitive, touch-interactive maps, and easy-to-use icons, giving the pilot the ability to control items on the screen through touch. It also eliminates the need for Flight Management System (FMS) control display units originally installed in the pedestal.

The Pro Line Fusion upgrade for the CJ3 is expected to be certified at year end and will be available through Duncan Aviation and Textron-owned Service Centers.

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Galeão-Tom Jobim International Airport implements Rockwell Collins airport operations solutions

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Athletes, officials and fans traveling to the 2016 Summer Games via Rio de Janeiro’s main airport, Galeão-Tom Jobim International Airport, will enjoy an improved travel experience when they arrive.  The airport recently implemented a number of Rockwell Collins airport operational solutions to better handle the influx of passengers and aircraft arriving for the 2016 games.

 “The Galeão Airport is the gateway to our country, and it’s important that we provide the best possible experience for travelers attending one of the world’s premier sporting events,” said Herlichy Bastos, operations director at RIOgaleão. “The ARINC airport systems allow us to more effectively manage airline ground activities—from the moment a plane lands on the runway until it takes off again. Optimizing our airport infrastructure is enabling us to handle more planes and manage more airlines more effectively.”

The Rockwell Collins solutions are part of a $2 billion program focused on renovating and expanding the airport prior to the start of the games.  The airport has implemented several key systems to improve airport operations, alleviating aircraft congestion at gates and improving on-time departure and arrival rates. Other key improvements include a new digital signage system that keeps passengers informed and moving through the airport.

“Beyond the games, RIOgaleão has ambitious growth plans, with a goal of operating at a capacity of 37.5 million passengers per year—a significant increase from its current capacity,” said Augusto de Macedo Santos, head of sales, Latin America. “Brazil is a rapidly growing market and this marks yet another key milestone in our commitment to invest and grow our business in the country.”

Rockwell Collins’ airport systems management organization, ARINC Managed Services, is responsible for the on-site maintenance and support of all the systems.

ARINC airport solutions being deployed at RIOgaleão include:

  • ARINC AirDB™
  • ARINC AirVue™
  • ARINC AirPlan
  • ARINC VeriPax™
  • ARINC AviNet® Airport

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Rockwell Collins’ HGS to be offered on new Embraer E-Jet E2 aircraft

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Rockwell Collins’ dual Head-Up Guidance System (HGS™) has been selected as an option on the upcoming Embraer E-Jet E2 aircraft line, which includes the E175-E2, E190-E2 and E195-E2.

The HGS displays critical flight information in the pilot’s forward field of view, which keeps their attention focused on the outside world, enhancing overall situational awareness and safety. Having HGS for both the pilot and co-pilot adds another layer of crew awareness, and accelerates pilot proficiency.

“Embraer’s selection of Rockwell Collins to provide dual HGS on the E2 is a testament to the operational and safety benefits that HGS brings to the industry,” said Gregg Walt, senior director, Head-up Guidance Systems for Rockwell Collins. “We are confident that aircraft manufacturers and operators alike will continue to embrace dual HGS benefits as time progresses.”

With this selection, Rockwell Collins remains the supplier of choice for Embraer’s commercial HGS, building upon past offerings for the Legacy 450, Legacy 500, Lineage 1000, ERJ-145 and others in the E-Jet line.

Operators equipped with Rockwell Collins’ HGS are able to fly Special Authorization (SA) Category I approaches at airports around the world, which allows for further descent before making a final decision to land. Having HGS also reduces minimum takeoff visibilities by as much as 300 feet at some airports.

With more than 8,000 HGS displays delivered to date, Rockwell Collins leads the aviation head-up display market segment. The company’s HGS is operated every day by hundreds of corporate, airline and military transport aircraft operators around the world.

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Rockwell Collins to provide Venue – based cabin system on Bombardier Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft

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Rockwell Collins today announced that its Venue™ high-definition cabin management and entertainment system will be featured on new Bombardier Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft beginning in Q3 of 2016. It will also be available as a retrofit solution on in-service Global aircraft models through Bombardier Service Centres.

Venue, which has been installed in more than 850 private and corporate aircraft cabins around the world, is custom built with the most advanced cabin technologies to emulate the latest in home entertainment and boardroom technology. Plus, Venue’s open-architecture design provides a path to easily implement future cabin technologies.

“Venue offers the proven reliability and the flexibility to allow passengers to work and play without compromise,” said Scott Gunnufson, vice president, Sales, Marketing and Customer Support, Commercial Systems for Rockwell Collins. “At the same time, Global aircraft operators can have peace of mind knowing that their cabin management system will accommodate new technologies as they become available.”

“Our long-range Global business jets routinely fly the world’s most discerning travellers to remote destinations in the ultimate luxury and comfort. These customers are seeking the same cutting-edge technology in the air as they use in their offices or living rooms. This new cabin management system seamlessly blends ease of use and advanced functionality to deliver the best in business productivity, and entertainment at 51,000 feet,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, vice president, Strategy, Marketing and Innovation, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The features, technology and reliability of the Venue system are a perfect fit with our high-performing Global aircraft family.”

Today’s announcement marks a continuation of a long-term position for Rockwell Collins as the cabin management system supplier for Bombardier on the aircraft maker’s Global XRS, Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft.

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Rockwell Collins flight controls to be featured on Cessna Citation Longitude

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Rockwell Collins today announced that its horizontal stabilizer trim and flap actuation systems will be featured on the new Cessna Citation Longitude super-midsize business jet. These proven and reliable flight control systems enable the aircraft to maneuver while in flight.

“Cessna needed a flight controls provider that could deliver on the Longitude’s relatively short development schedule, and we were able to bring a low-risk solution that met their needs,” said Greg Irmen, vice president and general manager, Flight Controls and Information Systems for Rockwell Collins. “Rockwell Collins has extensive experience in designing, developing and delivering high-integrity flight control systems in line with key program milestones on a wide range of business and commercial air transport aircraft.”

Rockwell Collins’ horizontal stabilizer trim actuator controls the pitch of the horizontal stabilizer in order to reduce drag and trim the aircraft for optimal efficient flight. Its dual-load-path design provides two independent attachment points between the horizontal stabilizer and the airframe for added safety.

The flap actuator system from Rockwell Collins extends and retracts the trailing-edge flap system, which is used to increase lift during slow flight.

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