We provide flight control actuation, cockpit controls, cabin pressure and control, electric systems, fire protection, emergency power, cockpit and exterior lighting, wheels and brakes, cargo systems, fuel systems, avionics and air data sensors. We also offer structural components -- such as our leading-edge nacelles and struts and our cabin and seating technologies for commercial, business and military markets – and the list goes on.

This breadth of technology – amplified by our ongoing investment in advanced engineering design tools and model-based engineering – provides our engineers with a unique view into aircraft system design and its impact on sustainability.

We’re using this systems perspective to find integration opportunities that simplify a system, eliminate parts, reduce weight and drag, improve aerodynamic efficiency and increase reliability.

Specifically, we’re developing integrated solutions for the next generation of aircraft platforms to ensure that, along with inherent operational efficiencies, we’ll also be able to offer our customers reduced environmental impacts.

Some innovations-in-progress include:

Multi-function structures

Example: Integrated aircraft doors

We’re working on a thermoplastic, one-piece door structure that comes fully assembled with new latches, augmented situational awareness technology and an integrated evacuation system to offer one-stop, scalable design for next-generation single-aisle and widebody aircraft.

The combination of lighter, composite materials throughout the structure and our ability to optimize design for all of the elements installed in the door, is a more efficient use of weight and space on the aircraft -- and the key to more sustainable flight.

Power & thermal management solutions

Example: Integrated power management

Collins teamed up with Pratt & Whitney and the Raytheon Technologies Research Center on a one-company solution to bring transformational power and thermal management capabilities to next-generation jets.

By pairing advanced systems architectures with digital engine controls in new ways, the team was able to lower the temperature on heat exchangers, reduce fuel burn, and lighten overall aircraft weight – all while optimizing engine performance.