When Rockwell Collins (Booth 3099) met with reporters before last year’s NBAA Convention, the avionics manufacturer couldn’t say much about its still-pending acquisition of airborne communications provider Arinc. That transaction–at $1.4 billion Rockwell Collins’ largest ever purchase–closed in late December. Now the company has plenty to say about its plans to grow with Arinc in the business aviation market.
Rockwell Collins is now offering Fans 1/A capability for Bombardier Challenger 604s equipped with Pro Line 4 avionics. The upgrade builds on the twinjet’s current flight management system and control display units, while incorporating a new communications management unit. Fans 1/A capability adds to a growing list of Challenger 604 avionics updates that prepare operators for airspace modernization worldwide. The Fans 1/A upgrade for Challenger 604s will be available from Rockwell Collins in the second half of next year, the company said.
Rockwell Collins signed on the 1,500th business aircraft for its Corporate Aircraft Service Program (CASP) this week, the company said yesterday. The agreement was coordinated by Germany-based Rheinland Air Service, a Rockwell Collins-authorized dealer. CASP offers corporate aircraft operators maintenance for avionics and cabin entertainment equipment. Rentals, exchanges, component repairs, comprehensive reliability upgrades, equipment removal and refit coverage are also included, Rockwell Collins said.
Mid-Canada Mod Centre, in conjunction with Rockwell Collins, is offering a Pro Line 101 session at the Ontario AME Symposium Thursday, September 25. Dave Hume of Rockwell Collins and Bill Arsenault of Mid-Canada Mod Centre will conduct a review of current and pending systems, maintenance and management items, development and maturity items, mods, best use of systems, new developments, changes required through general nav technology and system updates or mandatory retrofits. The AME Symposium, hosted at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga, Ontario, runs through September 27.
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.
Rockwell Collins do Brazil announced plans late last week to double the size of its 9,500-sq-ft service center in São José dos Campos, Brazil, to 19,000 sq ft. The company expects to start construction by year-end.
“This expansion will bring new engineering and service capabilities to our customers in the region and will enable Rockwell Collins do Brazil to pursue and capture more commercial and military programs,” said managing director Nelson Aquino.
Garmin once again placed at the top of AIN’s latest Avionics Product Support Survey, scoring an 8.3 rating (out of a possible 10) this year from AIN readers–the same as last year. L-3 Avionics and Universal Avionics tied for second place, both with 7.8 ratings. L-3 moved up two spots in the 2014 survey ranking, with a half-point jump from last year’s fourth-place rating of 7.3. Universal Avionics also placed second last year.
Rockwell Collins announced at the LABACE show that the Vector SMS available to its Arinc Direct customers has been approved by Bermuda’s Department of Civil Aviation to meet its requirement for safety management systems. The Vector program integrates with the Arinc Direct flight operation system, enabling users to identify risks and hazards, which can then be addressed through guidance or advisories. “Safety management systems are becoming a standard throughout the aviation industry worldwide,” said Bob Richard, staff vice president, Arinc Direct for Rockwell Collins (Booth 4002).
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.
Rockwell Collins is demonstrating a host of new technology solutions at Farnborough 2014, from its MultiScan weather radar to NextGen communications and navigation systems.
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