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Rockwell Collins unveils Ascend Flight Information Solutions


Rockwell Collins has unveiled a one-stop solution for flight information management called Ascend Flight Information Solutions. The new service was unveiled at the annual convention of the National Business Aviation Association in Atlanta, Ga.

Ascend Flight Information Solutions is a globally available suite of flight support, maintenance operation, and cabin information.

“Ascend Flight Information Solutions represents a new ‘first’ for the entire business aircraft community by providing access to a full range of flight department services from a single provider,” said Steve Timm, vice president and general manager of information management for Rockwell Collins Commercial Systems business unit.

He said that in the current environment, flight operations managers are dependent on multiple sources to plan different aspects of a trip. Ascend integrates all of those services together and synchronizes them between the aircraft and the flight department for increased safety, security, predictability, and efficiency.

The range of Ascend solutions is scalable to the size and needs of an individual flight department. These solutions include flight planning and filing, concierge services, fuel services, and weather updates; 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.

Customers may select the offerings that meet their needs through a customized web portal or by making a single phone call.

“Our acquisition of Air Routing International in January was a key enabler to the creation of Ascend, which continues the expansion of Rockwell Collins’ offerings to complement our avionics and cabin systems,” added Timm. “Customers have known and trusted the people of Air Routing to provide exceptional trip support for more than 35 years. We are bringing even more value to these customers with a broader set of services that will continue to evolve in the years to come.”

In other Rockwell Collins news, there are now several new supplemental type certificates (STCs) to provide localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) upgrades for Dassault and Gulfstream aircraft equipped with its Pro Line 4 and Pro Line 21 avionics.

Rockwell Collins certified its LPV solution for the Dassault Falcon 50, 50EX, 2000, and 2000EX aircraft equipped with the company’s Pro Line 4 avionics. In addition, the company certified its LPV solution for the G150 aircraft equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics. The STC for the Dassault aircraft is held by Rockwell Collins, while the STC for the G150 is held by Gulfstream.

These STCs allow Falcon and Gulfstream operators with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 and Pro Line 21 avionics to take advantage of the more than 2,300 LPV approaches available today, with minimum decision heights as low as 200 feet.

Alton Marsh
Alton K. Marsh
Freelance journalist
Alton K. Marsh is a former senior editor of AOPA Pilot and is now a freelance journalist specializing in aviation topics.

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