On 28 February, AMKA Aviation hosted a Rockwell Collins product overview and global aviation regulation update, which was presented to relevant players in the aviation industry.
Driven by US and European regulations, there is increasing pressure for improved inflight capabilities, connectivity and avionics systems, particularly for commercial aviation. Aaron Child, Rockwell Collins marketing manager for commercial systems, Europe, Middle East and Africa, highlighted current and future regulatory requirements and how Rockwell Collins’ product line delivers the necessary capabilities, while also reducing pilot workload, improving situational awareness, data transfer and connectivity and streamlining operations.
The FAA has already mandated that, as of 1 January 2020, all aircraft operating in controlled airspace in the US will be required to have, at least, ADS-B Out. ADS-B Out periodically broadcasts aircraft identification, current position, altitude, and velocity, through an on-board transmitter, thereby providing air traffic controllers with real-time position information that is, in most cases, more accurate than the information available with current radar-based systems. It’s likely that once mandated in the US, other regulatory bodies around the world will follow suit.
Other aircraft requirements that will be implemented in the coming years, and in some cases are already mandated, include Traffic Collision Avoidance System 7.1 (TCAS); Controller–pilot data link communications (CPDLC), which allows for sending of information via text in areas of poor connectivity or coverage, and is required for flights operating between FL350-390 on routes between Europe and the US; and improved Performance Based Navigation (PBN) for more precise routing, saving fuel and time, such as Required Navigation Performance (RNP), which allows flying curved paths to destinations, rather than straight, inefficient lines between beacons or waypoints.
To comply with these regulatory developments and to capitalise on these improved navigational and awareness capabilities requires advanced avionics. To this end, Rockwell Collins offers the Proline 21 and Proline Fusion flightdecks.
Proline 21, a certified avionics package and upgrade for King Airs and Hawker bizjets, offers synthetic vision; a powerful Flight Management System; ADS-B Out, which complies with the latest standards to be implemented in 2020; and WAAS-capable GPS, which enables precision RNAV GPS approaches. The Integrated Flight Information System (IFIS) features include graphical weather, and geopolitical boundaries, while Aircraft Information Manager (AIM) delivers the databases directly to the aircraft – no more USB sticks. Data link (VHF) sends flight plans directly to the aircraft, and can be used for worldwide graphical weather when installed with the IFIS package. Finally, a second FMS/GPS for mission-critical situations provides backup.
Rockwell Collins’ Proline Fusion has all the capabilities of the Proline 21, and more. Industry leading features include the first touch-control primary flight displays (buttons and knobs are fitted for redundancy), integrated head-up vision systems and powerful weather threat detection. Proline Fusion comes standard in new King Airs and the Embraer KC-390 military transport, and is a certified retrofit.
AMKA Aviation is certified to carry out Rockwell Collins system training and avionic upgrades. For more information, contact AMKA Aviation on:
Tel: +27 (0)11 824 5486
Bob Amey: 084 710 0864