Rockwell Collins Announces Contracts at Paris Air Show

By George Ford, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Bristow Group, which provides helicopter transport services for offshore oil and gas and government operations, is retrofitting a fleet of 44 helicopters with Rockwell Collins's traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS).

This was among several contracts for avionics equipment that were announced Tuesday by Cedar Rapids-based Rockwell Collins at the annual Paris Air Show.

Installations have begun on Sikorsky S-76 C++ and Sikorsky S-92A aircraft with 24 TCAS retrofits completed. Within the next year Rockwell Collins will install its next-generation TTR-4100 TCAS on 20 Bristow helicopters.

Rockwell Collins was the first avionics company to retrofit and certify TCAS II for helicopters. The system is certified for industry-standard "unknown vibration levels," meaning it can be installed on any helicopter platform.

Greg Irmen, vice president and general manager, business and regional systems for Rockwell Collins, said a TCAS system that can withstand the vibrations involved with helicopters is required for Bristow's aircraft to operate safely in areas such as the North Sea.

In other contracts, China-based Xiamen Airlines has selected a package of Rockwell Collins avionics systems, including its head-up guidance system, multi-scan threat detection system, GLU-925 multi-mode receiver and SATCOM for 12 new Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2014.

China Southern Airlines has chosen several avionics systems for 66 new aircraft, including Airbus A320s, Boeing 777s and Boeing Next-Generation 737s. Deliveries will begin later this year.

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