Rockwell Collins Launches Two New Avionics Systems

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Rockwell Collins last week introduced two pieces of avionics equipment for the business aviation market, including a new traffic surveillance system and a new WAAS-capable GPS receiver. According to the company, the TSS-4100 Traffic Surveillance System is a highly integrated system combining TCAS II and Mode S transponder functionality -- as well as emerging ADS-B applications -- into a single unit. Meanwhile, the GPS-4000S sensor and associated WAAS antenna will allow operators to use GPS as a sole means of navigation for en route operations and approach procedures. Operators flying with the company's Flight Management Systems (FMS) and who install a GPS-4000S will be able to take advantage of localizer performance vertical guidance (LPV) approach capability upon availability of an FMS upgrade option, which is scheduled for initial certification in late 2007.

The first customer for the company's GPS-4000S is the FAA, which signed a contract with Rockwell Collins last November to add Wide Area Augmentation System functionality with localizer performance with vertical guidance (WAAS LPV) to the FAA's flight inspection aircraft. WAAS improves the availability and integrity of GPS navigation by providing horizontal and vertical navigation for precision approach operations for all users at all locations.