Posted by John McHale
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, 11 Jan. 2011. Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) acquired Computing Technologies for Aviation, Inc. (CTA), a provider of flight operations management solutions for corporate flight departments and other aviation customers. The acquisition strengthens Rockwell Collins' new Ascend flight information solutions offering for business aircraft operators.
"As aircraft systems become more information-enabled, we are increasingly focused on providing value to our customers by streamlining the flow of information between the aircraft and supporting ground systems," says Clay Jones, Rockwell Collins chairman, president, and chief executive officer. "This acquisition advances our strategy to become the single source for end-to-end flight information management."
CTA develops, markets, and supports a flight operations system (FOS) for corporate, government, aircraft management and charter, repair stations, and regional airlines operations. The software modules include the Scheduler's Tool Kit, Aircraft and Crew Scheduling, Charter Quotes, Flight Logs, and Crew Legality and Training accompanied by a comprehensive reporting system. FOS accommodates any type of aircraft (fixed wing, rotorcraft, lighter-than-air, glider, etc.) and any fleet size.
Ascend flight information solutions offers a full-range of applications and services that streamline flight department operations. Ascend can be tailored to the individual needs of business aircraft operators and includes flight planning and filing; weather updates; fuel services and concierge services; automatic data transfer of navigation, terrain, graphical weather, and other flight deck databases; maintenance diagnostics; and cabin system subscription management, such as TV and other information, and entertainment sources. With the addition of CTA's scheduling and dispatch capabilities, Rockwell Collins is now able to address the full spectrum of flight support needs from trip initiation through closeout, company officials say.
"This is a great opportunity for our customers," says Fred Powell Sr. CTA president. "Combined with Rockwell Collins, we'll be able to provide more comprehensive flight services to operators of business aircraft."