Sinters America of Boucherville, Quebec, (Hall 4 Stand C17-C19) has been selected by Rockwell Collins to develop and manufacture an IFE electronics tester. The automated test equipment will be used to maintain Rockwell Collins’ Paves On-demand in-seat and overhead displays. The Québec government awarded Sinters a non-repayable contribution of C$35,775 (U.S.$33,300) to support its international marketing initiatives and claims this helped the company obtain the contract.
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Rockwell Collins unveiled two key cabin systems retrofit programs at EBACE: an expansion of the capabilities of the Tailwind 550 direct broadcast satellite TV system and a Venue HD retrofit for Bombardier Globals. The Tailwind 550 upgrade provides replacement of the fuselage-mounted antenna for better satcom connectivity over Europe and the Middle East, improved coverage and reliability, and the live streaming of high-definition (HD) MPEG-4 content, said Greg Irmen, v-p and general manager of flight controls and information systems. The new Tailwind 550 antenna is priced at about $740,000.
Tactair Fluid Controls (Hall 2 Stand B1) announced here at the Farnborough Airshow a new contract from Embraer and its appointment of an authorized repair provider to service its fluid power and motion control products and systems in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Some 13,030 business aircraft worth $325.6 billion (2014 dollars) will be delivered over the next 10 years, according to the Teal Group’s latest business aircraft forecast. This includes 9,361 traditional business jets worth $262.4 billion; 537 bizliners and regional jet conversions worth a combined $44.1 billion; and 3,132 business turboprops worth $19.1 billion.
On July 31 Clay Jones is retiring as a director and nonexecutive chairman of the board of Rockwell Collins. Independent director and board member Anthony Carbone will become nonexecutive chairman on August 1. Jones joined Rockwell Collins in 1979 and became president in 1999, then CEO in 2001. In 2002 he became chairman and he retired as CEO on July 31 last year.
Rockwell Collins and Kobev International have introduced a new Fans 1/A and CPDLC training program that is available for in-aircraft training at a customer’s location or at Rockwell Collins’s facility in Annapolis, Md., or at Kobev International in Sugar Grove, Ill. The training “emulates a pilot’s real-world communications with ATC,” according to Rockwell Collins, and allows pilots to “have an interactive experience with real-time feedback.” The emulation program was developed by Rockwell Collins’s Arinc Direct.
The Legacy 500 that Embraer brought to EBACE last week is one of four flight-test aircraft that have racked up more than 1,500 hours of testing as the type approaches certification, slated for the middle of this year. Embraer Executive Jets president Mario Túlio Pellegrini said that function and reliability testing is the last remaining item to be completed, followed by paperwork. “We are confident we can conclude the certification by mid-year,” he added.
Embraer Executive Jet’s Customer Support & Services (CS&S) division is getting into high gear to be ready for the Legacy 500 to enter service around mid-year. “Four support centers are making preparations in Europe [and the Middle East],”said CS&S vice president Edson Carlos Mallaco. One is an Embraer-owned facility at Paris Le Bourget Airport, and the other three are authorized service centers run by Inflite (London Stansted), Nayak (Cologne) and ExecuJet (Dubai).
Rockwell Collins unveiled two key cabin systems programs at its EBACE press conference yesterday, including expansion of the capabilities of the Tailwind 550 Direct Broadcast Satellite TV system and introduction of a Venue HD (high-definition) retrofit for Bombardier Global jets.
Embraer’s revenues in the quarter rose by $157 million, to $1.242 billion, while profits climbed from $30 million in the first quarter of 2013 to $110.6 million in the same period this year. At its Executive Jets division, first-quarter revenue soared to $267.4 million, up from $175.3 million a year ago. Embraer delivered 20 executive jets (17 light and three large) in the quarter, compared with 12 (eight light, four large) in the same period last year.