Following its acquisition this summer of cabin entertainment provider Airshow, Rockwell Collins has integrated the Tustin, Calif. company’s line into its own cabin products package and is introducing the results here at NBAA as Collins Airshow 21 (Booth No. 3201).
Rockwell Collins has selected WSI InFlight to provide up-to-date weather briefings to aircraft equipped with Collins Pro Line 21 flight-deck displays. WSI Corp.’s InFlight system uses satellite technology to continuously broadcast accurate, up-to-date weather and near-term forecasts to any aircraft equipped with WSI’s special-purpose antenna and receiver.
Enhanced security and improved data acquisition are prime concerns of today’s business aviation community, subjects Universal Weather and Aviation of Houston seeks to address with two new programs.
A business is an institution when one of a city’s major thoroughfares and one of its fine hotels bears its name. That’s the way it is in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where Collins Road runs near the Collins Plaza Hotel. There, in 1933, hometown boy Arthur Collins began the Collins Radio Co.
Rockwell Collins is banking on its new digital data acquisition, distribution and display architecture, called eFlight, to coordinate a wide range of in-flight and air-to-ground activities aboard aircraft.
A Challenger 601 equipped with the Pro Line 21 Continuum avionics system from Rockwell Collins has completed initial flight tests, said the company. Certification of the package is expected in the next few months and will bring to eight the total number of Continuum development programs for business jets. The Challenger 601 installation features four 8- by 10-in.
Rockwell Collins announced that its Pro Line 21 Continuum retrofit cockpit system has been certified in the Cessna Citation III, bringing to six the total number of aircraft approved to fly with Continuum.
Thales announced it is aiming to become a major supplier of avionics systems to the business aviation market, challenging the likes of Honeywell and Rockwell Collins, and achieving a “very significant” increase in revenue.
Rockwell Collins last month began operating as a stand-alone company following its successful spin-off on June 29 from former parent Rockwell International, now renamed Rockwell Automation.
Rockwell Collins announced that Denny Helgeson, its long-time vice president and general manager for business and regional systems, is retiring this fall. Greg Irmen, an 11-year company veteran, has been appointed as Helgeson’s successor, effective immediately.