Collins Aerospace technology supports first end-to-end flight of GA-ASI’s MQ-9B SkyGuardian in civil airspace
- GA-ASI ground control station features Collins Aerospace’s Pro Line Fusion® integrated avionics system
- Utilizes Collins Aerospace’s Federal Aviation Administration-certified solution for operation of the aircraft in civil airspace
CHICAGO (April 29, 2019) – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI), utilizing Collins Aerospace Systems technology, recently succeeded in the first complete takeoff to landing flight of a MQ-9B SkyGuardian™ Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) using GA-ASI’s Certifiable Ground Control Station (CGCS). The flight took place at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Yuma, Arizona on March 12. Collins Aerospace is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
The Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion® integrated avionics system played a key role as part of the interface for the flight’s ground control station. Pilots are able to take advantage of the systems’ intuitive operator interface and touchscreen map, minimizing workload with a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-certified solution.
“We’re seeing the flexibility of Pro Line Fusion avionics shine in this program,” said Brad Haselhorst, vice president and general manager, Training and Mission Solutions for Collins Aerospace. “Pro Line Fusion is making the path toward certified operation of UAS within the National Airspace System simpler for our customers.”
Collins Aerospace is focused on the development of technologies for safe and routine operation of UAS in civil airspace. Solutions range from civil certified datalinks and integrated flight controls, to flight critical hardware and software that enable airworthiness for wider access to airspace. Integration of Pro Line Fusion into UAS ground control stations helps to bring together a multitude of data inputs such as weather, airspace information, mission data, Search and Rescue (SAR) pattern flight management and Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) notifications, providing real-time mission optimization and a common operating picture for the operator.
About Collins Aerospace
Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Created in 2018 by bringing together UTC Aerospace Systems and Rockwell Collins, Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. For more information, visit CollinsAerospace.com.
About United Technologies Corporation
United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. By combining a passion for science with precision engineering, the company is creating smart, sustainable solutions the world needs. For more information about the company, visit our website at www.utc.com or follow us on Twitter: @UTC.