Rockwell Collins has expanded its Pro Line Fusion avionics upgrade to include Pro Line II-equipped King Air 350s. The retrofit delivers a NextGen-capable avionics system with three interchangeable 14-inch touchscreen flight displays, the company said. Capabilities include synthetic vision; geo-referenced e-charts with own-ship position display; touch-interactive graphical maps; and localizer performance with vertical navigation approach capability. Rockwell Collins is collaborating with Landmark Aviation to STC the upgrade in the first half of next year.
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 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.
Rockwell Collins has named Craig Olson vice president and general manager for business and regional systems. He succeeds Jeff Standerski, who was recently named senior vice president for information management services. Olson will report to Kent Statler, executive vice president and COO of commercial systems. Olson has more than 27 years of service with Rockwell Collins and has held multiple leadership positions, including his previous role as senior director and site leader of the company’s head-up guidance systems business, based in Wilsonville, Ore.
Rockwell Collins (Stand 2659) announced at the Dubai Airshow several contracts with Middle Eastern airlines and business aircraft operators for avionics, in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems and flight support services. Other agreements, with air forces and aircraft manufacturers, have been disclosed, too.
Rockwell Collins (Booth No. 9806) announced at NBAA 2013 enhancements to its Ascend Flight Manager app for the iPad that enables performance-based fight planning and dynamic flight tracking for Regional Trip Support subscribers. The Ascend Flight Manager app is now available at the Apple App Store.
The new HeliSure systems introduced by Rockwell Collins aren’t just synthetic-vision systems (SVS) and terrain awareness and warning systems (Taws) for helicopters but “a family of technologies that are going to provide solutions for helicopter cockpits,” said Dan Toy, principal marketing manager for the company’s rotor-wing business. The first products are HSVS and HTaws and will be fitted to new AgustaWestland AW149, AW189, AW101 and AW169 helicopters.
Rockwell Collins president Kelly Ortberg has added the CEO title and was appointed to the company board’s executive committee. Ortberg succeeds Clay Jones, 64, who retired as CEO after nearly 34 years with the company. Jones will continue as non-executive chairman. Ortberg, who joined Rockwell Collins in 1987, became president in September. Previously, he served as executive vice president and COO of government systems. He also led the launch of the company’s Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system.
Mercy One helicopter emergency medical services at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, one of the first HEMS operators certified to fly Waas low-level IFR routes, including approaches to local hospitals, recently added a second Waas-capable Bell 429 to its fleet. These IFR routes keep helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft from mixing in IFR airspace. Three of the hospital helipad approaches are Waas-based while another is an approach to a helipad in Stuart, Iowa, that is used as a rendezvous for helicopters and ground ambulances from surrounding counties.
Rockwell Collins announced today that it will be launching a series of technologies next week at the Paris Airshow that will provide helicopter pilots with “unprecedented situational awareness to help them meet the challenges of flying in an increasingly congested and hazard-filled airspace.” Details about the new offering will be announced on Monday at the show, it said, and technology demonstrations will be featured in the “Helicopter Situational Awareness” portion of the Rockwell Collins exhibit (Hall 2B, Stand D108).
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