Avionics News December 2014 - 69
ROCKWELL COLLINS introduced its new ARINCDirect suite of flight support services for business aviation.
According to the company, the new ARINCDirect consolidates and integrates the
company's former Ascend Flight Information Solutions and ARINC Direct services into
one solution for flight planning, regional and international trip support, cabin connectivity and flight operations management.
* In other news...
Rockwell Collins' next-generation Pro Line 21 enhancements will be featured on the
Bombardier Vision flight deck of the Challenger 650 aircraft. The enhancements are
expected to be available during the second half of 2015.
For more information, visit www.rockwellcollins.com. q
ELLIOTT AVIATION launched Elliott Jets, the newly branded name of the aircraft
sales team. According to the company, the rebranding more accurately refelcts both the
current sales activity and the future vision of the company to expand sales expertise
into a larger and more diverse set of airframes.
In addition, the company named RANDY SOUTIERE vice president of operational
support. The newly created position is part of an organizational restructuring that also
appointed ED CHEVRESTT to the new position of vice president of operations.
For more information, visit www.elliottaviation.com. q
Flight Display Systems
FLIGHT DISPLAY SYSTEMS of Alpharetta, Georgia, was acquired by
Harbert Private Equity Fund III, and REED MACDONALD was appointed chief
Flight Display Systems is a designer, developer and light manufacturer of cabin electronics for business and commercial aircraft, including cabin management systems and
in-flight entertainment solutions, and ruggedized special-mission military monitors and
other retrofit solutions requiring adherence to military specifications.
HPEF III is the most recent private equity fund sponsored by Harbert Management
Corp. With more than $4 billion in assets under management, Harbert invests in market-leading companies that possess scalable infrastructure and defensible competitive
For more information, visit www.flightdisplay.com. q
Jet Aviation St. Louis
was chosen by Rockwell Collins
to develop the supplemental
type certificate for installation
of its future airspace navigation system for the Bombardier
Rockwell Collins announced in
August that it is upgrading current flight management systems
and control display units with a
new communications management unit. Jet Aviation is developing the STC, which must be
approved by the Federal Aviation
Administration before installations can begin for the FANS 1/A
According to the company,
once the STC is approved, the
FANS 1/A upgrade package,
which includes the automatic
surveillance-contract and controller pilot data
link communications, will reduce
pilot workload and significantly
enhance the clarity and accuracy of pilot communications with
air navigation service providers
in oceanic and remote airspace
worldwide. It will give those aircraft access to preferred windefficient transatlantic routes to
save both time and fuel.
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