Rockwell Collins Ready For China HUD Mandate

 - April 17, 2013, 5:34 AM

With its 25-year heritage of supplying major Chinese airlines, including Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines, with avionics and cabin system products, Rockwell Collins (Booth P417) is no newcomer to the Asia Pacific region. But ABACE is a business aviation show, and the company is ready for it, with innovations from the cockpit through the cabin for both business jets and helicopters.

Rockwell Collins’ Ascend Flight Information Solutions is becoming known as a one-stop source for the online tools and specialized services to manage regional and international business flight operations in Asia. Ascend is scalable to the size and needs of an individual flight department, allowing operators to select the tools and services that fit their fleet mission profile.

In the cockpit, Rockwell Collins’ ProLine Fusion touchscreen EFIS and integrated avionics with head-up guidance system (HGS) is coming to China as well. According to Ron Ho, managing director of Rockwell Collins-China, the CAAC has mandated that HGS be on all airliners by 2025. With nearly 60 percent of business aircraft in China falling into the large-jet category, it is not a stretch to imagine that many of those aircraft will be HGS-equipped going into the future as well.

China’s rugged terrain and numerous high-altitude landing sites are two compelling reasons that operators in the region are beginning to look to HGS to reduce pilot workload on complex approaches. At ABACE, the company’s popular HGS app has been produced in Mandarin.

Finally, the company is no stranger to cabin entertainment innovation, and brings its most recent offering, Skybox, to ABACE. Skybox, introduced at NBAA 2012 in Orlando, Florida, is a system designed to stream movies, video and audio from an owner’s Apple iTunes library throughout the cabin to the big screen, or through its app to as many as 10 iOS devices (an Internet connection is required for DRM on iTunes licensed content). The system, comprised of integrated Apple TV components, can work as a presentation device, as well as streaming presentations from iPads to the cabin big screen. o