Rockwell Collins and Duncan Aviation are collaborating on another Duncan glass box avionics modification program, upgrading the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 system in the Falcon 2000 and 50EX to the Pro Line 21 system. The upgrade replaces the original Pro Line 4 7.25-inch CRT screens with 8- by 10-inch Pro Line 21 LCDs that can display features like JeppView maps and charts, XM weather and enhanced vision.
Rockwell Collins is adding several new features to its Airshow 4000 moving-map display and flight-information system. The additions will offer passengers an upgraded system with refreshed graphical user interface that provides more details on existing maps, as well as new features such as a world clock page and a flight deck instrument panel page.
Rockwell Collins (Booth No. 5500) and home theater specialist Kaleidescape announced the development of a video control interface that integrates the Rockwell Collins cabin management system with the Kaleidescape entertainment server. The Kaleidescape program allows storage of DVDs and CDs on an array of fail-safe, hard-disk drives and permits automatic viewing and organization of audio and video collections.
Rockwell Collins (Booth No. 5500) announced at NBAA that its RTA-4100 MultiScan weather radar will become available in December of next year to business jets equipped with Pro Line 21 and Pro Line Fusion avionics.
Bombardier is bringing Rockwell Collins’ new Pro Line Fusion cockpit to the Global Express XRS and 5000 as long-overdue replacements for the airplanes’ Honeywell Primus 2000XP avionics. Migrating from six CRT screens to four large-format LCDs will allow Bombardier to add synthetic vision, enhanced vision, electronic charting and other advanced capabilities to its top-of-the line models.
Rockwell Collins’ HGS-6605 head-up guidance system (HGS) will be a new option on Bombardier’s recently certified Challenger 605.
The agreement, said John Desmond, v-p of head-up guidance systems for Rockwell Collins, “builds on a long tradition of providing Bombardier with…head-up display technology.” That tradition includes the Challenger 604, the CRJ series and the Q-Series turboprop regional airliner.
Garmin edged out Universal Avionics for the top spot in this year’s avionics product support survey, finishing in first place in five of seven categories, including overall product reliability. But Universal kept it a close race by winning two categories and finishing in second place in four others.
Stephen Pope (right), AIN’s avionics editor and editor of our domestic show editions, won big at this year’s Aerospace Journalist of the Year Awards, presented during the Paris Air Show last month. Pope won the Rockwell Collins Award for the best avionics submission with his article on synthetic vision in the June 2006 issue of AIN. He also came away with the Gulfstream Award for Aerospace Journalist of the Year.
Boeing’s abrupt exit from the aeronautical satellite broadband market last year left Rockwell Collins without a partner for its eXchange broadband service for business jets. Now, Collins has relaunched eXchange and announced that passengers will indeed have access to the Internet and e-mail over Arinc’s SkyLink network.
Faced with a shortage of qualified engineers, U.S. aviation electronics manufacturer Rockwell Collins has expanded a strategic relationship with HCL Technologies of India to employ the services of around 300 hardware, software and mechanical engineers.