Rockwell Collins has announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has certified its next-generation air traffic computer system for air transport aircraft.
The new Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance (TCAS II) traffic computer TTR-2100 system, which uses common traffic computer architecture, reportedly minimises weight and provides additional capabilities when compared to earlier systems.
Rockwell Collins Air Transport Systems vice president and general manager Steve Timm said: "Today’s announcement signifies the complete refresh of our TCAS product line and the work we’ve done brings new value to customers in multiple market segments."
By enabling TCAS II operations and future Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) in applications, the system will also facilitate NextGen traffic surveillance in a lighter and more capable unit.
As part of its transformation plans for TCAS/surveillance product line to address NextGen airspace needs, the company first got Integrated Surveillance System (ISS-2100) certified for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and TCAS and transponder (TSS-4100) for business and regional aircraft subsequently.
With certification for TTR-2100 in place, Rockwell intends to get its TTR-4100 also certified by FAA soon to complete the planned transformation.
The technology has been designed in such a way that airlines can be able to easily replace their existing Rockwell Collins TCAS systems with the latest version.
"We developed the TTR-2100 using a concurrent design approach, meaning we leveraged surveillance technology from across business units and programmes at Rockwell Collins," Timm added.
"This approach brings proven, state-of-the-art safety enhancements to the flight deck."
Image: The system is available for Boeing aircraft as a forward-fit and retrofit solution and it will be available for Airbus and other aircraft types soon. Photo: courtesy of Altair78 (talk).