Rockwell Collins Upgrades Sikorsky S-61s with Pro Line 21 Avionics
Rockwell Collins has delivered its Pro Line 21 Integrated Display System (IDS) for installation on two Sikorsky S-61 helicopters. The installation was accomplished through a collaborative effort with Toronto-based Vector Aerospace in early 2011, and was STC’d in June.
The Pro Line 21 IDS retrofit package for the Sikorsky S-61 includes two 10-inch-by-8-inch liquid crystal display (LCD) primary flight displays, a solid-state weather radar system with turbulence detection, an attitude and heading reference system (AHRS), Mode S transponder with ADS-B Out capability, and a dual display control panel. The system is designed for adaptability to add functions, such as synthetic vision, to meet future airspace requirements and capabilities.
John Peterson, Rockwell Collins director for avionics and flight control marketing, said, “Together with Vector we’ve brought the power of advanced avionics to the S-61 flight deck, and have done so affordably with minimal downtime.” He added that the Pro Line 21 IDS integrates inputs from aircraft sensors, radios, flight-management systems and autopilots, and presents the product on a large format LCD.