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.
Cessna expanded its relationship with Rockwell Collins last month when it announced the avionics maker will provide the digital cabin management system for the new CJ4. Not often seen in the light jet market, the system will include high-definition video and audio. In addition, the Airshow moving map will be offered as well.
Rockwell Collins’s new HGS-5860 is the first head-up display (HUD) with an LCD projector to be certified on a business jet–Dassault’s Falcon 7X. At EBACE last month, Rockwell Collins also announced that Gulfstream has selected the HGS-6000 HUD as standard equipment on the G450 and G550 and as an option on the rest of the model line. Gulfstream’s version of the Rockwell Collins HUD is expected to enter service in 2009.
Hawker Beechcraft’s latest King Air, the model C90GTi, is joining its larger siblings with a new Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite. The C90GT previously was equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line II avionics.
Included in the C90GTi Pro Line 21 package are three 8- by 10-inch LCD flight displays and Rockwell Collins’ integrated flight information system, which delivers charts, graphical weather and enhanced map overlays.
Avionics manufacturer Rockwell Collins announced that its Pro Line 21 Integrated Display System (IDS) has been certified for the Piaggio 180. According to the company, the Pro Line 21 IDS will provide the aircraft owners with larger, more informative LCD displays, featuring new content such as electronic charts and graphic weather maps from Rockwell Collins’ Integrated Flight Information System.
The Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 integrated display system (IDS) has been certified in a Piaggio Avanti at Jet Works in Denton, Texas, according to the avionics maker. The LCD display suite brings electronic charts and graphical weather capability to the airplane through the Collins IFIS (integrated flight information system) file server.
Engineers from Rockwell Collins are immersed in the task of redesigning a satellite direct TV antenna to bring Boeing’s broadband Connexion service to super-midsize and larger business jets. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa avionics manufacturer anticipates initial flight tests of a prototype of the new antenna in the coming months and commercial introduction of Connexion hardware late next year.
At press time, nothing was said to be finalized, but Rockwell Collins and Piaggio were working on a deal to offer Pro Line avionics in the Avanti, according to a spokesman for the Italian airframer. The turboprop twin currently has older Collins avionics.
Bombardier said its “next-generation” Challenger 605 has entered service. The first customer, Russell Aviation Leasing, is leasing the aircraft back to Bombardier as its demonstrator this year. The Challenger 605 is an upgraded 604, which it supersedes, equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics.
TSO approval for a new all-digital communications package marks the completion of a three-year program by Rockwell Collins to develop radios to support the FAA’s digital VHF communications system, called Nexcom (next-generation communications).