From reducing workloads for commercial pilots and maintenance crews to keeping military service members out of harm’s way, autonomous solutions have the potential to make aviation safer, more efficient and more sustainable. And at Collins Aerospace, we're developing technology to make it all a reality.
Collins Aerospace is accelerating innovation within autonomous operations by bringing together our expertise in navigation, communication, sensor technology, flight controls and aviation system design – all combined with our storied history in certifying first-of-their-kind technologies still in use today. We have the breadth of capabilities needed to help customers enable their autonomous pursuits by providing everything from individual components all the way to fully integrated systems enabling:
readiness, efficiency and safety
efficiency in operations
flexibility and quality of operations
Every day, we’re empowering customers to innovate faster by accelerating the development of technology enablers for more autonomous operations. With each advancement, we’re helping to bring big ideas to life, enabling smarter, faster decision-making and enhanced flight safety, and moving our industry a step closer to achieving the full potential of autonomous operations.
Computing and processing
We’re supporting future needs across a broad range of applications in next generation flight controls and vehicle management by improving computing power.
We're advancing autonomous operations through next-generation aircraft-based sensors that serve as a second set of eyes and ears in the cockpit, providing pilots with more information about the environment and simplifying decision-making.
Flight deck automation
We’re developing cockpit-integrated sensing and analytics technologies to increase safety and pilot well-being while improving workload and enhancing performance.
We’re leveraging our expertise in space, in the air and on the ground to develop a robust, resilient end-to-end communication system to support seamless vehicle communications.
We’re adapting our navigation expertise to protect against an infinite combination of threats and independently ensuring an aircraft’s location beyond traditional data inputs – critical to enabling other aspects of autonomy.
We’re creating pathways to help pilots make sense of important data from different types of sensors – including traditional pneumatic and mechanical sensors, alongside applying newer optical technologies.
Collins Aerospace at the 2022 Air & Space Forces Association (AFA) conference showed off its concept for algorithmic software called Operational Reasoner that is meant to help future pilots and commanders asses risks and probability of mission successes. (Note: you will need a FlightGlobal account to access the full article).
Major avionics companies see cockpit automation playing an increasing role in reducing pilot workload in commercial and general aviation aircraft. Less pilot workload should—and will—remain the focus of flight deck automation in the near term, they say.