FARNBOROUGH, England, 15 July 2014. Rockwell Collins ESA Vision Systems officials, in celebration of the F-35’s international debut at Farnborough Airshow 2014, are spotlighting the F-35 Lightning II Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS) during a special demonstration in Hall 4, Stand F9.
The F-35 HMDS is designed to provide pilots with unprecedented situational awareness. All the information that pilots need to complete their missions—through all weather, day or night—is projected on the helmet’s visor, an industry first, officials say. In addition, real-time imagery streamed from six infrared cameras mounted around the aircraft to the helmet, allows pilots to “look through” the airframe.
At Farnborough, Rockwell Collins is also demonstrating the company’s MultiScan ThreatTrack Weather Radar, EVS-3000 Enhanced Vision System and HeliSure product line for helicopters, all new offerings introduced this past year.
Rockwell Collins MultiScan ThreatTrack features capabilities for assessing lightning and hail threats, uses Predictive OverFlight to identify significant turbulence threats above rapidly growing thunderstorms, and is the first radar in the industry to feature two levels of turbulence detection. Rockwell Collins is demonstrating the system at Farnborough, and announcing the newest airline customers to select MultiScan ThreatTrack.
The EVS-3000, set to debut on the Embraer Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 aircraft, is the latest in enhanced vision systems. Its multispectral technology sees through the worst conditions and can even detect LED runway lighting. An example of the new technology is on display, as are tutorials that explain the virtues of the system.
Rockwell Collins is also demonstrating the capabilities of its HeliSure flight situational awareness product suite for rotary-wing aircraft. HeliSure delivers sensor data in real time through an intuitive user interface that features 3D visualization for information that pilots can easily, quickly, and effectively process, officials say. The first two products of the HeliSure family are Helicopter Synthetic Vision System (H-SVS) and Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (H-TAWS), which have been selected by AgustaWestland for the AW149, AW189, AW101, and AW169 platforms.
This year also marks the first time that Rockwell Collins’ new Information Management Services (IMS) business, formed as a result of the 2013 acquisition of ARINC Inc., will be a part of Rockwell Collins’ presence at the Farnborough Air Show. The exhibit features video presentations highlighting information management capabilities now available through Rockwell Collins. These include the world’s largest aviation network, serving hundreds of airlines; voice and data communications that seamlessly connect the flight deck, airlines operations and air traffic control; and a broad range of airport operation solutions that integrate and optimize passenger processing, ramp operations, data management, radio solutions, system integration, and flight crew applications.
Representatives from the Service Solutions division of Rockwell Collins are also at this year’s show. Rockwell Collins’ Service Solutions provides life cycle support including asset management and performance based solutions; Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) of Rockwell Collins and non-Rockwell Collins products; in-flight entertainment (IFE) onboard services; service parts, exchange, lease and rental of equipment; and training and professional services.