Rockwell Collins to Establish Flight Simulator JV in China

By Tish Drake | June 5, 2013
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Rockwell Collins and Beijing Bluesky Aviation Technology, an AVIC subsidiary, signed a Memorandum of Agreement towards establishing a joint venture that will design, manufacture and market commercial aviation flight simulators. The venture will initially focus on airlines and aircraft manufacturers in China, with future plans to address the global commercial simulation and training market segment, the company said.

The agreement, signed yesterday by LeAnn Ridgeway, vice president and general manager, Simulation and Training Solutions for Rockwell Collins, and Jin Dongsheng, chairman, Beijing Bluesky Aviation Technology, will establish a center of excellence for commercial flight simulation in China. The joint venture will combine the strength of Rockwell Collins CORE Simulation Architecture technology and leading visual systems with Bluesky’s expertise on Chinese commercial aircraft flight simulation training products and services.

“This is an important day as we extend our long-standing, successful relationship with Bluesky to the next level, and deepen our commitment to the commercial simulation and training market segment,” said Ridgeway. “Our combined ability to create simulators with the highest levels of realism, flexibility and life cycle value holds great promise for China and beyond.”

Rockwell Collins and Bluesky have previously developed simulation and training solutions for the MA60, MA600, ARJ21 and C919 programs. Through the joint venture, the companies will expand their work to include a broader range of full flight simulators and lower level training devices for regional, narrowbody and widebody airline training segments. The joint venture will also provide maintenance and support services.

Pending a final joint venture agreement and subsequent regulatory approvals, the joint venture is expected to begin operation by year end.

Earlier this week, Rockwell Collins formed of a new joint venture based in China that will produce avionics for the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China’s (COMAC) C919 narrow-body passenger jet. More

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