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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Rockwell Collins Tests CAAS on Army Black Hawk

Rockwell Collins provided a demo of its CAAS simulator during Quad-A (terrain elevation visible on left screen).  Photo by Andrew Parker

Rockwell Collins has completed a series of flight tests of its Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) on a U.S. Army Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawk. Among the CAAS features vetted during the test flights—which involved the Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate under a cooperative R&D agreement—was 3D synthetic vision in low-level flying. Dave Nieuwsma, vice president and general manager of airborne solutions, notes that many of the synthetic vision tests involved altitudes applicable to real-life helicopter missions. The CAAS system for helicopters is developed from Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line Fusion flight deck for fixed-wing business and regional aircraft.

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