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694 lives saved to date

April 27, 2022

Collins Aerospace’s family of ACES ejection seats have saved more than 694 lives to date, including two recent ejections.

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ACES 5® is back on the road again

February 11, 2022

With tradeshows being held in-person again, our ejection seat team is excited to showcase the industry’s most advanced ejection seat at several events across the world.

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Lessons learned from an F-15 ejection at 2000 feet

June 30, 2021

Pete Ford, Requirements & Capabilities Director for Raytheon Technologies, discusses his military experience and how ejecting from an F-15 at 2,000 feet has become his "Grasshopper" story.

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The Evolution of the ACES family of ejection seats

November 20, 2020

Thanks to our ACES® II ejection seat, this pilot is safe and lives to fly another day.

Don “Dozer” Borchelt discusses the technological evolution from the ACES II® seat to the ACES 5® next-generation ejection seat.

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Continuous Innovation for Aircrew Safety

April 26, 2020

ACES 5’s unique features include a faster deploying drogue parachute and a stability package (STAPAC) to compensate for pitch changes due to varied aircrew weight and aerodynamic effects, thereby reducing the risk for injury.

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ACES Team Earns 2019 SAFE Achievement Award

December 31, 2019

While logistics and provisioning support is ongoing, the team completed the four major milestone reviews earlier this year — system verification review, functional configuration audit, production readiness review and physical configuration audit.

A small team of Collins Aerospace employees within our Ejection Seats & Propulsion business in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was honored recently for designing an innovative seat retrofit kit and qualifying it to meet the latest U.S. Air Force airworthiness requirements.

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Collins Aerospace 'Grasshopper Award' Recognizes Pilots Saved by an ACES Ejection Seat

October 21, 2019

If unfortunate events happen, it’s good to know Collins Aerospace and ACES are there for aircrew who are born to fly so they can eject safely and live to walk away.

When then-U.S. Air Force (USAF) Lt. Col. Bob Harvey took off in his F-16 for a training mission at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina on Nov. 19, 1998, he had no idea he wouldn’t be landing as usual. Almost at the very instant he raised his landing gear, his engine immediately shut down.

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Meet ACES 5® Team Member John "Barney" Fyfe

April 26, 2019

In our first profile, meet John "Barney" Fyfe. As Director of Air Force Programs, Barney interfaces with US and international Air Forces, Joint Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense to promote safety and awareness of ACES 5.

Media Cover Successful ACES 5® Sled Test Held at Hurricane Mesa

November 7, 2018

The ACES 5 team recently completed the latest in a series of tests. To simulate realistic conditions, the rocket-powered test rig accelerated to 600 KEAS (Knots Equivalent Airspeed) before successfully ejecting two advanced flight test manikins on ACES 5 seats. Several media outlets joined, resulting in the coverage below.

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Meet Lois - She's Ridden in More Than 250 Cockpit Sleds at Speeds as High as Mach 1 - and She's Still Going

September 17, 2018

Meet the anthropomorphic test dummies whose main objective is to simulate human ejections from an aircraft at various speeds and record test data through a series of high-precision sensors.

Rising from the flat landscape known as Hurricane Mesa is the only private supersonic-capable aircraft ejection test track in the United States, owned and operated by UTC Aerospace Systems. It’s here where LOIS has worked the test track for decades.

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Teamwork, Craftsmanship and Uncompromising Commitment - What it Takes to Build an ACES 5® Seat

June 30, 2018

Our latest ACES 5® ejection seat is a product of years of research, investment, testing, and advanced design. But it is also a study in precision craftsmanship and teamwork.

Air Forces around the world depend on us, and so do the families of these intrepid airmen. When an aircrew is forced to eject, they, their families, and their countrymen and women trust we did our job perfectly and they are sitting in an ejection seat with the latest advancements and technology available.

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How to Protect Aircrew When Their Helmets Instantly Become 70 Pounds Heavier

May 14, 2018

How to protect aircrew when their helmets instantly become 70 pounds heavier

At 3 G’s, you’re feeling triple the pull on every pound of your body and whatever is attached to it. That means a 150-pound airman with 50 pounds of flight gear would experience 600 pounds of force. During an ejection, you would experience at least 8 G’s of force on your body.