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
Some innovations-in-progress include:
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
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