All-weather safety and confidence
Collins Aerospace is a recognized leader in ice detection systems for all-weather aircraft operation. We offer primary automatic, primary manual and advisory systems for large transport, regional, business, military, and general aviation fixed- or rotary-wing aircraft. Our products are tested in icing wind tunnels and proven in the field.
Ice detection systems
In conjunction with the FAA and aircraft manufacturers, we have pioneered the development of primary ice detectors. Collins Aerospace vibrating probe ice detectors are the only systems that are FAA certified for primary ice detection use on commercial transport airplanes.
A version of our magnetostrictive technology is specifically tailored for use in Rotor Ice Protection Systems (RIPS) for helicopters, providing liquid water content information to modulate the ice protection based on the severity of the icing encounter. These devices are certified primary for automatic control of the RIPS.
Our ice detection products offer flexible, robust designs to detect ice in a wide range of icing environments – not only for aircraft but also ground-based applications such as wind turbines and airport weather stations. Continuing our role as a leader in the field, Collins Aerospace has developed a product to detect and differentiate the new ice crystal and supercooled large droplet (SLD) conditions called out in recent regulatory updates. Our family of ice detection technologies allows us to optimize the solution for your specific need.
Features & benefits
- Increased flight safety
- Reduced crew workload
- Prolonged life of the aircraft ice protection system, reducing maintenance costs
- Significant fuel savings
- Customized to specific applications
- State-of-the-art testing meets new icing requirements