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All set for takeoff Why our new Pro Line Fusion速 avionics system and Head-up Guidance Systems are changing the way our industry views situational awareness.



Customer needs continue to drive innovation In July of 1977, David Van Dusseldorp, then a young engineer, sat atop one of our company’s buildings in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, part of a team attempting to set a new standard in navigation. His rooftop role at that time was to reposition an antenna as the rest of the team below worked to receive the first Global Positioning System (GPS) signal. Back then, there was only a four-hour window each night during which a satellite would be overhead, and the antenna had to be repositioned every few minutes in order to receive the signal. Success came on the first night the satellite was turned on when the message “AAAAAAAAAAAA” was received and decoded. The U.S. Air Force later awarded Rockwell Collins the NAVSTAR GPS user equipment contract, the first of many GPS wins that would ultimately lead to our position as a market leader. At that time, the idea of GPS likely seemed farfetched, and it was hard to envision how this technology would transform the aerospace and defense industry. Yet, Rockwell Collins employees – like David Van Dusseldorp – understood the unique value GPS would offer customers, so they were eager to make the technology work. While a lot has changed in 35 years, this pioneering spirit and focus on the customer continue to drive innovation at our company. In this issue of Horizons, you will find several articles that explain how our technologies – like the Pro Line Fusion® avionics system and Headup Guidance Systems – are solving customers’ critical challenges and setting new industry standards. As we look ahead and beyond, it’s important to Clay Jones Chairman, President and CEO

keep customer needs at the forefront when considering new technologies. If we do, today’s research and development projects are more likely to become tomorrow’s success stories. b


A magazine for the employees and friends of Rockwell Collins Publisher: David Yeoman Editorial director: Cindy Dietz Managing editor: Cindy Adkins



Editor: Crystal Hardinger


Standardizing work

Creative direction: Rick Kaufman


Lean tools helped employees in Mexico increase production for Embraer.

Navigating by the stars

Ruth Anne Denker Karen Steggall


Staff writers: Jill Wojciechowski

The Rockwell Collins Celestial-Inertial Precision Pointing System is a different spin on a centuries-old technology.

Collaboration to the core

Copy editors:

Katie Shatzer Erica Solum


We’re experts in avionics development; we’re experts in simulation and training. What happens when we bring those capabilities together?

Nathan Pilling Photography: Photos courtesy of Bombardier, cover, pages 8, 9, 10, 11 Steve Allen, Winter Park, Fla., page 21


David Jackson, Wilsonville, Ore., page 14

All set for takeoff


Mark Regan, Reston, Va., pages 5, 6

With the first delivery of Pro Line Fusion®, the aviation world is seeing the payoff for taking risks on innovative technology.

A new standard

Mark Tade, Iowa City, Iowa, pages 7, 17, 18, 20


Why Rockwell Collins Head-up Guidance Systems are an important part of today’s aircraft.

Going the distance


How to contact us: Email: Horizons

A successful test in 1977 led to our company’s dominance in GPS. Thirty-five years after the birth of the technology, Rockwell Collins employees explain what’s next.

Rockwell Collins MS 124-302 400 Collins Road NE


Cedar Rapids, IA 52498-0001 Phone: +1.319.295.1000

Employees in Australia discovered that sometimes you have to look beyond our typical process to make a sale work for an international defense customer.

Service anniversaries

John C. Thomas, Hiawatha, Iowa, page 19

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Direct delivery Down Under

Rob Mourton of Horizon Air, Portland, Ore., pages 12, 13

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On the cover The Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion® avionics system entered into service earlier this year as part of Bombardier’s Vision Flight Deck on the Global 5000. This aircraft is the first of 17 platforms to be delivered with Pro Line Fusion by 2017.

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Standardizing work Lean tools and processes helped employees in Mexico quickly increase production of Throttle Quadrant Assemblies for Embraer. The Rockwell Collins Throttle Quadrant

2012 Throttle Quadrant Assembly Productivity


Assembly is an important part of the pilot controls in Embraer Legacy aircraft. In January, Operations employees in Mexicali, Mexico,


were building 15 units a month for Embraer of Brazil, but the customer wanted more. Manager Roberto Bracamontes knew drastic


changes were needed so his Mexicali team could meet customer needs. Working with the Rockwell Collins Operations Production

Top-level assembly (completed units for Embraer Legacy aircraft)


Sub-level assembly (components that go into the top-level assembly)

System Optimization Lean team, employees focused on standard work. By doing so, they were able to rapidly increase productivity

20% January





while maintaining quality.

Lean Tools Lean perspectives Spaghetti diagram A method that uses a continuous line to trace the physical movement of product as it passes through production. It helps expose inefficient layouts and unnecessary motion.

Standard work - The best, easiest and safest way to perform a task. It consists of three elements: the rate at which products must be made to meet demand, the exact work sequence in which an operator performs tasks, and standard inventory needed to keep the process going.

Takt time - The frequency with which the customer wants a product or service. It is calculated by taking available working time and dividing it by the number of units required by the customer.

Q What was the first step in your transformation?

A All employees in Mexicali have been through Lean training and certification, so our team was familiar with Lean tools. We started with a spaghetti diagram to determine how the product flows through the process and to identify waste. Once we began using the spaghetti diagram and other tools, it was easy to see opportunities for increasing efficiency.

Q What was a simple change that produced big results?

A We used the 787 pilot controls assembly

demand and balanced the assembly process. That meant, instead of one work station, there were three work stations as part of the moving line. By doing

Roberto Bracamontes

this, we standardized work and reduced the opportunity for errors. It’s a big change.

Q Did you see improvements right away? A In the first week after implementing the moving assembly line, we were able to complete the same quantity of units as we

model, which is in operation in Mexicali,

did before. Then, the second week, we got a

as a benchmark to improve Legacy pilot

little bit better. Everybody was happy about

control products. Before, we used to have

it. There was a learning curve with the new

one assembler complete the whole unit

process, but a few months later, we were

from scratch. To make assembly easier and

able to produce within the established

more repeatable, we decided to break down

takt time, completing more units per week

our process and incorporate a moving line

than ever before. So far, we’ve been able to

model. After a standard work event, we

maintain those levels, and we continue to

established takt time based on customer

focus on improvements. b

Employees can learn more about Lean tools on the Lean Electronics website found via “L” in the Rockwell Collins Online index. 2



Formula 1™ racing team to use Rockwell Collins aviation technology Rockwell Collins’ aviation technology recently entered the world of Formula 1™ racing under a strategic agreement with the Caterham F1 Team. Under the terms of the agreement, Rockwell Collins and the Caterham F1 Team, which is based in the United Kingdom, are collaborating to define aviation technology that will be adapted in the team’s quest to win the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) Formula 1 World Championship. In exchange, F1 fans will see the Rockwell Collins logo on the Caterham F1 Team car, in the pits, and elsewhere throughout the racing season. “This teaming agreement joins two innovative forces on a world stage,” said Colin Mahoney, vice president, Commercial Systems Marketing and Sales for Rockwell Collins. “Both Rockwell Collins and the Caterham F1 Team strive for technological advances that deliver speed, power, performance and reliability.” Mahoney added that the size and interests of the Formula 1 audience complement Rockwell Collins’ international growth strategy to establish a stronger local presence in key markets. b

Rockwell Collins selected as prime contractor for $68 million Australian Defence Force program

Mattai named Avionics magazine Woman of the Year

Rockwell Collins has been selected as the prime contractor for

Nan Mattai, senior vice

the Australian Defence Force Land 17 Digital Terminal Control

president, Engineering and

Systems (DTCS) program. The company will be delivering a total

Technology for Rockwell

of 152 systems valued at $68 million. It’s the largest contract win

Collins, as Woman of the

for Government Systems in the Asia-Pacific region in 15 years.

Year for her leadership and

The DTCS allows Special Forces and artillery forward observers to identify targets with greater accuracy through the use of precision targeting software. “We’re delivering a user-focused, customized solution that

Avionics magazine named

dedication to her job, as well as the aviation community. Mattai, who joined Rockwell Collins as a

Nan Mattai

provides the Australian Defence Force with an accurate, combat

software engineer in August 1993, said she is

proven system for air and ground targeting,” said Nick Gibbs,

“humbled” by the recognition and hopes it serves as

managing director of Rockwell Collins in Australia.

a model for other women.

The contract is part of the Project Land 17 mission system,

“I’m all too aware that I travel in a rarefied

which addresses the tactical joint fires artillery command and

crowd – a woman, particularly a woman in

control systems, indirect fire system delivery platforms and

an executive leadership role – in the field of

other indirect fire system elements. As part of the contract,

science and engineering,” said Mattai. “I take my

Rockwell Collins employees in Australia are responsible for a

responsibility to the industry, to women in

comprehensive through-life support program including training

the industry and to the next generation of female

and integrated logistics support. b

engineers very seriously.” b



Navigating by the stars The Rockwell Collins Celestial-Inertial Precision Pointing System is a different spin on a centuries-old technology. A lot has changed since the accounts of celestial navigation in Homer’s epic “The Odyssey.” Today, GPS and inertial-navigation systems help point us in the right direction. But what’s the solution when typical methods aren’t good options due to size, weight or cost restraints? To answer this question, Rockwell Collins employees looked to the stars and created the Rockwell Collins Celestial-Inertial Precision Pointing System. “Humans have been navigating by the stars for hundreds of years, and what makes our technology work is a very close integration between cameras, sophisticated image processing and inertial sensing technology,” explained Matt Hutchison, a programs manager in Government Systems in Warrenton, Va. “This allows the Celestial-Inertial Precision Pointing System to provide precision pointing data in a very compact and relatively inexpensive way.”

Navigating via celestial objects The system consists of two cameras, which convey the position of the sun or the stars to calculate orientation, working in conjunction with inertial sensors called micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). The MEMS provide acceleration and angular-rate signals, like those used to enable a smartphone to know which way it’s being tilted. Running on a dedicated processor, the Rockwell Collins Celestial-Inertial Precision Pointing System software blends the information gathered by the cameras and the MEMS to give a best estimate of roll, pitch and heading angles continuously, sending out information 40 or 50 times per second.

“Pitch and roll are pretty easy to measure accurately — but heading isn’t. Using celestial object determination and inertial sensing, the device continuously calculates all three angles very accurately,” Hutchison said. “From there, you’re just a trigonometry problem away from accurately locating distant objects.” All of these features were combined into a product that measures just 2 x 3 inches, weighs less than half a pound, and is capable of pointing accuracies within a tenth of a degree.

The best of three worlds Bringing this unique addition to the marketplace required the expertise of three separate Rockwell Collins business areas. The team in Warrenton had the know-how to create the sensor fusion technology necessary to blend the sun or star location information with inertial-sensor data. When it came to optics, however, the natural place to turn was to the Optronics group in Carlsbad, Calif. “The team in Carlsbad really understands how to make precision lens assemblies that work in extreme environments,” Hutchison said. “This was crucial for us, as the Celestial-Inertial Precision Pointing System can conceivably be used under all different kinds of field conditions.” Teams in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, also contributed to the project, bringing the processing capability to host the Celestial-Inertial Precision Pointing System software. After completing the algorithmic and systemdesign work, the teams were able to create a system demonstrator in a span of just four months. Right now, the technology is being considered for use with military ground targeting systems, antenna pointing systems for satellite communications and optical/infrared cameras. “We needed to be able to quickly demonstrate what’s possible to potential customers,” Hutchison said. “There was a concentrated effort from these three parts of the company to pull the Celestial-Inertial Precision Pointing System together.” b By Erica Solum

Programs Manager Matt Hutchison from Warrenton, Va., is excited to be part of the development process for the Celestial-Inertial Precision Pointing System and believes Rockwell Collins is carving out a unique leadership position in the marketplace with this technology.



Collaboration to the core We’re experts in avionics development; we’re experts in simulation and training. What happens when we bring those capabilities together? Inside a small lab at Rockwell Collins in Sterling, Va., a team

The architecture also supports the incorporation of real

of Simulation and Training Solutions (STS) engineers is flying

aircraft hardware as those building blocks, so avionics

an aircraft that doesn’t exist yet – virtually flying, that is.

developers can test avionics hardware in as realistic an

The team is using the CORE™ simulation architecture to build a testing solution for engineers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Richardson, Texas, who are developing avionics solutions for Boeing’s KC-46 tanker. “It’s as if we’re building the rest of the aircraft

environment as possible. But the benefits of using CORE architecture during avionics development extend to training as well. “The avionics data can be the trickiest piece of developing a flight simulator for training, particularly the

virtually, so that we can test our avionics solutions for it,”

displays,” explained Mike Knowles, senior director of Air

explained Jim Anderson, a principal systems engineer in

Transport and Mission Solutions for STS. “Since Rockwell

Sterling. “Rockwell Collins is the only company with full

Collins is providing the displays and other avionics for the

avionics development and full simulation and training

KC-46, we stepped back and said, ‘Wouldn’t this be the right

capabilities integrated together. And that provides us

time to integrate STS engineers with the avionics team?’”

with a unique advantage.” Three years ago, STS engineers began using CORE

Knowles and other team members recognized that if avionics engineers used the CORE architecture at their

simulation architecture to more efficiently develop

development stations and on their test rigs, not only could

customized flight simulators in the commercial

they “virtually” fly the KC-46 while in development, they

marketplace. CORE architecture’s modular design allows

also would be creating software that could be used for

engineers to simulate each aircraft system as an individual

future training applications.

piece, creating a virtual aircraft in a building-block fashion.

Christopher George (left), Laura O’Connell and Joseph Branly, all from Sterling, Va., are working with KC-46 teams to modify CORE architecture to meet their needs for an avionics testing solution.



A long-distance relationship In order to meet the requirements for the avionics engineers, CORE architecture first needed some modifications. While a majority of the requirements are the same for both groups of engineers, there are distinct differences. Laura O’Connell, the engineering lead for the STS engineers working with KC-46 teams, is focused on building and maintaining strong relationships among the different teams. According to O’Connell, close communication is critical to addressing the differences between the simulation and training and the avionics worlds. “The avionics teams don’t always have a complete picture of what CORE architecture can do for them,” said O’Connell. “But if they tell us what they need, then the CORE architecture team can work to provide them the best possible testing solution.” The integration of the teams began with regular – and for some team members, prolonged – visits to Cedar Rapids. O’Connell said the time spent face to face laid a solid foundation for what is primarily a long-distance relationship. Now, the teams stay in contact through weekly status updates as well as ad hoc communications.

“We can virtually takeoff and fly around and look at all the pieces of the display to make sure they are doing what they should,” said Sparks. “The test represents what the aircraft is doing overall. You can look at multiple pieces of air data – such as altitude and ground speed – to validate that the systems on the aircraft are responding the way they would in that stage of flight.”

Rapidly expanding our capability

Rockwell Collins is currently working on proposals to provide pieces of the KC-46 Aircrew Training System, contracts for which the U.S. Air Force is expected to announce later this year. In addition to supporting these proposals, our experience with avionics teams also fits into our overall development roadmap for the CORE simulation architecture. According to Larry Kermon, a principal program manager for STS and CORE life cycle value stream manager, CORE architecture’s modularity means that Rockwell Collins can more easily provide simulation and training customers a Packaged Avionics Simulation Solution (PASS) for a full simulator that exactly matches Rockwell Collins’ avionics content. Virtual take-off “CORE architecture Our company’s CORE simulation architecture was first developed for Today, KC-46 teams has the potential commercial flight simulators, but Rockwell Collins engineers have found that are already starting to for a broad range of it is beneficial for a variety of applications, including testing avionics see the benefits of this applications,” said solutions. Rockwell Collins employees Mike Knowles (left), Jim Anderson and collaboration. Kermon. “We know Larry Kermon are standing next to the CORE Instructor Operating System in Mike Sparks, a how simulators come Sterling, Va. senior systems engineer together and we know in Cedar Rapids, says the CORE simulation architecture will the expectations, so we can package simulation elements help his team save time and effort when it comes to testing so they are ready for installation.” elements of the KC-46 large display system (LDS). This opens up opportunity for Rockwell Collins to work “In previous test environments, we used a with airlines and other simulation and training original static environment,” said Sparks, who is leading the equipment manufacturers (OEMs). development and integration of the test rigs for the LDS. “OEMs are seeing how CORE architecture’s flexibility “This meant we could only complete one piece of a test can lower their development risk,” said Kermon. “It’s a at a time.” rapidly expanding capability that allows us to collaborate Now, with CORE architecture’s dynamic environment, the better internally and externally – a tool with bright team can see how a system performs through all phases of a promise for our whole company.” b By Katie Shatzer test, instead of just one piece.



Inside our Advanced Technology Center’s Virtualized Systems Integration Lab in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Senior Systems Engineer Jackie Hoke shows Software Engineer Alex Halfpenny the configurable tool suite found in the CORE Instructor Operating System. The Advanced Technology Center is leading a project to determine how collaborative development and simulation environments – like CORE – could help teams across the company share information and be more efficient.

A unifying force KC-46 teams aren’t the only ones using CORE architecture outside of flight simulators – engineers throughout Rockwell Collins are looking at how it can provide benefits to their teams. Examples include a team of engineers in Toulouse, France, that used the architecture to develop avionics display and panel prototypes. In Portland, Ore., CORE architecture drives Head-Up Guidance System demonstration rigs, while the Pro Line Fusion avionics system team in Cedar Rapids is exploring how it can be used to collaborate on development work with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Additional teams also are considering how CORE architecture can meet their simulation needs. For Alex Postnikov’s team, CORE architecture provides the “glue” that connects the data in a Live Virtual Constructive training scenario, which combines elements of a live feed from a jet with virtual and

constructive elements to provide a realistic training experience at a lower cost. Today, Postnikov, a principal engineering manager in the Advanced Technology Center (ATC), is leading a 10X project to analyze how different groups could use a collaborative development and simulation environment – such as CORE architecture. The 10X program is one way the ATC provides funding to validate new ideas quickly – usually within three months. As part of the project, Postnikov’s team is surveying these groups to learn what functionalities are required for a standard simulation tool. “Our company emphasizes open architecture, but different programs use different development environments – which often don’t work together,” said Postnikov. “If we have a standard tool, we can reduce cost. Different groups tend to stay in their own separate areas, but CORE architecture is a unifying force.”



All set for takeoff

With the first delivery of Pro Line Fusion®, the aviation world is seeing the payoff for taking risks on innovative technology. Three-time Formula 1 World Champion Niki Lauda (left) takes delivery of his new Bombardier Global 5000* jet from Steve Ridolfi, president of Bombardier Business Aircraft. Lauda is the first Bombardier Global 5000 customer to own the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system.

It was a big day for Rockwell Collins when Formula 1™ racing legend Niki Lauda stepped into the cockpit of his gleaming, white Bombardier Global 5000* jet – the world’s first aircraft to be delivered with Pro Line Fusion® avionics as part of Bombardier’s Vision Flight Deck*.

“I am very excited to be the first to own and fly a Global 5000 jet with the Vision

Flight Deck,” said Lauda. “Flying a Global aircraft is an incomparable experience, and I’m convinced that the new flight deck will not only meet but surpass my expectations.”

When Lauda took to the skies in this new jet in late March, he marked an important

day for the advancement of avionics technology. At the same time, the first delivery of Pro Line Fusion also solidified the important relationship between Rockwell Collins and Bombardier – a relationship characterized by shared risk-taking that led to innovation.

Giving pilots a new view As the world’s first owner and pilot of an aircraft with Pro Line Fusion, Lauda is reaping the benefits of many industry-first capabilities (see infographic, page 10). According



COV E R STO RY to Greg Irmen, vice president and general manager of Business and Regional Systems for Rockwell Collins, those capabilities were developed with a central goal in mind.

“Our overall philosophy is about situational

awareness – giving pilots a view of the world outside the aircraft they wouldn’t otherwise have,” explained Irmen.

Large format displays mean a pilot can view more

information at one time. Add such features as synthetic vision on the Head-up Guidance System (HGS™), graphical flight planning and Multiscan™ Weather Radar, and pilots have a better understanding of where they are and what’s happening around them at all times. And pilots notice the difference. Before Lauda took delivery of his jet, he completed Bombardier’s Global 5000 Pilot Differences course during which he trained on a

The Global 5000 business jet is the first of 17 platforms to be delivered with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system. The aircraft was already in production when Bombardier opted to incorporate our brand new avionics technology.

simulator with Bombardier instructor pilots and Rockwell

Bombardier Aerospace, said there’s a reason why Rockwell

Collins employees.

Collins technology is on many Bombardier platforms.

“He was particularly impressed with how much of his

“Rockwell Collins is a strategic supplier that has

previous experience with Rockwell Collins equipment was

invested with Bombardier on new technologies,” said

transferrable to his new aircraft,” said John Spellmeyer, a

Mancuso, who works at Bombardier Aerospace

principal customer support manager for Rockwell Collins

headquarters in Dorval, Québec, Canada. “We’re looking

in Wichita, Kan., who worked with Lauda during the

for risk-sharing strategic suppliers to help us gain a

training. “He could see how we kept the same concepts of

competitive edge.”

operation, but really boosted pilots’ situational awareness.”

A risk-sharing relationship Getting to this point wasn’t an easy task, however. Flying away with Pro Line Fusion took more than five years and the efforts of hundreds of Rockwell Collins employees in engineering, operations and several other areas of the company. It also required a trusted relationship with Bombardier.

“When Bombardier selected Pro Line Fusion, the

For both Rockwell Collins and Bombardier, selecting Pro Line Fusion meant investing in technology years before it began to generate revenue. According to Irmen, this type of shared risk is essential for innovation and industry growth.

“We have great faith in Bombardier,” said Irmen.

“It works two ways – we want to be their preferred supplier; they want to be our preferred customer.”

Building momentum The Global 5000 is the first of 17 platforms to be

Global* family of aircraft was already in production,” said

delivered with Pro Line Fusion by 2017. Bombardier’s CSeries*

Irmen. “It was a huge risk for them to switch suppliers and

aircraft also will be outfitted with the Pro Line Fusion

to opt for brand new technology. But, Bombardier trusted

avionics system in this time frame.

that Rockwell Collins does what it says it will do.”

What Rockwell Collins committed to was an

For Rockwell Collins employees, building momentum means continuing to introduce Pro Line Fusion refinements

avionics system built on an entirely new software-based

and enhancements – such as airport moving maps,

architecture that runs on a cabinet-based computing

additional weather capabilities and other surface

system. This system provides more flexibility than

management system capabilities.

other systems because it’s constructed with an open

“With the Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft in

system architecture.

service, Pro Line Fusion teams are seeing their ideas come to

life,” said Irmen. “Energy and excitement are growing – that’s

At the Rockwell Collins Supplier Conference a few

weeks after the Pro Line Fusion first delivery, Michael

a very important result of the first delivery for us. Now, we’re

Mancuso, director of Supply Chain, Interiors and

building on what we started.” b

Completion Centers, Avionics and Transparencies for

By Katie Shatzer

*Trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.



Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion


Why pilots want an avionics system this advanced. When the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion® avionics system entered into service earlier this year as part of Bombardier’s Vision Flight Deck* on Global 5000 and Global 6000* aircraft, it brought a new level of situational awareness, flexibility and synchronization to the business aviation industry. Here’s why pilots covet a flight deck like this.

Head-up Guidance System with synthetic and enhanced vision Our Head-up Guidance System (HGS™) integrates a terrain database with real-time flight information for greater situational awareness. HGS allows pilots to more effectively manage the flow of flight information while keeping eyes forward. Rockwell Collins is the first to bring this level of situational awareness on a head-up display to the marketplace.

* Trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

10 HORIZONS b 2012

INFOGRAPHIC Paperless environment with networked capability The four 15-inch displays with configurable window formats make it easy for pilots to access information from the flight deck, including navigation charts, real-time graphical weather and aircraft manuals. Networked capability enables interoperability with Rockwell Collins Ascend™ flight information solutions. Ascend provides automatic database and maintenance updates and allows pilots to access customized flight support information from the airplane.

Head-down Synthetic Vision System with Airport Dome Synthetic terrain data and Rockwell Collins’ Airport Dome (center) on the head-down display help orient pilots during the approach phase. When combined with the HGS, it provides enhanced safety, especially in low-visibility conditions or during operations at an unfamiliar airport. Point-and-click navigation With our advanced Flight Management System, flight planning is now much easier. Symbols on the moving map allow pilots to point and click to create and modify flight plans. Information is organized by the phase of flight, so pilots see the right information at the right time. VOLUME 17 b ISSU E 3


A new standard

Why Rockwell Collins Head-up Guidance Systems are an important part of today’s aircraft. Perry Solmonson, a pilot for Seattle, Wash.-based Horizon Air, believes the Rockwell Collins Head-up Guidance System (HGS) is one of the best safety features that can be installed on a modern-day aircraft. He relies on the system, which displays flight information in the pilot’s forward field-of-view, to navigate through low-visibility weather in the Pacific Northwest at any time, day or night.

12 HORIZONS b 2012

Perry Solmonson knows all too well how just one low pressure weather system can bring air transportation to a grinding halt. As a pilot for Horizon Air – a regional carrier based in Seattle, Wash. – Solmonson has seen the area’s oftentimes dense fog and rain prompt flight delays, diversions and cancellations that wreak havoc on flight schedules, cost airlines money, and test the patience of travelers and airline personnel alike. He’s also experienced the beauty of getting passengers to and from their destinations on schedule – even when visibility distances fall below what the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) typically allows for passenger aircraft takeoffs and landings – thanks to the Rockwell Collins Head-up Guidance System (HGS™). “Our entire fleet of Bombardier Q400s is outfitted with HGS that has been approved for Category III, low-visibility approaches,” explained Solmonson. “That means we’ve been able to continue flying when other airlines have canceled or diverted flights.” Such was the case two days before Christmas 2009, when bad weather in and around Portland, Ore., and problems with the airport’s Instrument Landing System threatened to

COV E R STO RY keep thousands of passengers from reaching family and friends for the holiday. According to Solmonson, 58 Horizon flights safely landed that day and an estimated 3,700 passengers made it to their holiday destinations because the airplanes were equipped with HGS. “In my opinion, HGS is an insurance policy that no airline should be without,” said Solmonson, who joined Horizon Air in 1989. “Airlines might save a little money up front if they don’t equip their fleet with HGS, but when bad weather hits and they can’t get people where they need to go, they’re out millions of dollars.”

Three seconds is a big deal An electronics and optical system that displays flight information in the pilot’s forward field-of-view, HGS provides enhanced aircraft situational awareness in any weather condition, day or night. According to Dean Schwab, senior manager of HGS Flight Operations-Technical for our HGS business in Wilsonville, Ore., and the former director of Flight Operations Training and Flight Technical at Alaska Airlines, enabling pilots to see both the real world and the flight symbology simultaneously provides a safer way to fly because the pilots don’t have to refocus their eyes.

“Takeoffs and landings are out-the-window events, and the transition time for a pilot to go from head-down to head-up can be as much as three seconds,” explained Schwab, who joined our company in 1999. “Three seconds might not seem like long, but it’s a very big deal. “Imagine maneuvering a 170,000-pound airplane with 180 people on board down a glide path at about 145 knots (155 miles per hour),” continued Schwab. “Without HGS, it takes up to three seconds to decide whether to land, and the runway search starts 100 feet before reaching approach minimums. “As the pilot, you’ve got between six and seven seconds once you’ve decided to land before the wheels are on the ground,” said Schwab. “With the HGS flight path and guidance cue symbology, your eyes are trained to the runway touchdown zone and there’s no searching. An immediate decision to land or go around is intuitive and natural. It all happens very fast, so the easier the decision, the safer the procedure.” In addition to enhanced situational awareness and safety, enabling pilots to fly more precisely leads to increased operational capabilities and efficiencies, such as windshear awareness, precise speed and acceleration control, and improved touchdown precision. >>>

Commercial airline pilot Perry Solmonson flew with a Rockwell Collins Head-up Guidance System (HGS) for the first time in 1994. Since then, he has participated in five initial HGS aircraft certifications, including certifications for the Bombardier Q400 and CRJ700 aircraft. Horizon Air’s entire fleet of Bombardier Q400s is outfitted with Head-up Guidance Systems that have been approved for Category III, low-visibility approaches.



“Many people don’t realize that precise speed control is a very important aspect of flying,” said Schwab. “The more precisely a pilot can fly an air speed for a given condition, the less wear and tear will be placed on the airplane. Stabilized approaches and precise touchdowns can lead to quite a cost savings.”

From novelty to mainstream technology The FAA recently selected our company’s HGS with synthetic and enhanced vision to support its NextGen implementation and applied research efforts. NextGen is a comprehensive overhaul of the U.S. Airspace System to make air travel more convenient and dependable, while ensuring flights are safe, secure and hassle free. “It’s been a lot of fun to see how the HGS has grown from very limited acceptance in the late 1980s and early 1990s, to standard equipment on a new generation of aircraft,” said Paul Boucher, director of Commercial and Military Transport Programs in Wilsonville. With customers ranging from military transport operators and corporate aircraft owners to regional and major commercial airlines, the Rockwell Collins HGS business has enjoyed tremendous success over the years. Sales have more than quadrupled between 2004 and 2012.

Dean Schwab (left), senior manager of Flight Operations-Technical for our HGS business, shows aviation journalist Fred George how to adjust the head-up display brightness and contrast during a recent HGS training event for journalists at our facility in Wilsonville, Ore. A writer for Aviation Week’s Business and Commercial Aviation magazine, George used our HGS with synthetic vision to fly a 3.8-degree approach in a simulator.

Today, because of safety and operational efficiencies, entire fleets at both Alaska and Southwest Airlines are equipped with HGS. The HGS is available as factory-installed equipment on several aircraft being manufactured by The Boeing Company, including all 737 models. It’s standard equipment on the 737 Boeing Business Jet and is standard in a dual configuration on the new 787 Dreamliner. Original equipment manufacturers Alenia, Bombardier, Dassault, Embraer, Gulfstream and Lockheed Martin also offer factory-installed options on various aircraft, and the airline community install base spans the world. “Over the past 10 years, it seems that head-up display technology like the HGS has gone from a novelty found in a few aircraft to mainstream technology,” said Bob Wood, director of Engineering for Commercial and Government Systems Development Programs in Wilsonville. “People are recognizing the advantages of having information head-up, and that’s evident in the enormous growth we’ve experienced.”

Seeking our expertise In rapidly expanding market segments in South America and Asia, where increasing wealth and economic power are driving an increased need for air transportation, Rockwell Collins employees are being sought out for their expertise with head-up displays. For example, Schwab, Hailin “Helen” Wen, manager of Sales and Support in the Asia-Pacific region, and Bob George, a principal account manager in Air Transport Sales, have spent the past seven years working with the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) on a roadmap that will likely accelerate the use of head-up displays in the fastest growing aviation region in the world. Issued in late 2011, the roadmap includes a “draft rule” – currently out for comment – that would require all Chinese airline fleets to be equipped with head-up displays by 2020. According to Steve Paramore, director of Commercial Systems Marketing for the Asia-Pacific region, the formalization of this rule and roadmap – anticipated later this year – is one of the first steps toward new norms for safety and efficiency. “No matter where you are in the world, having flight information that’s conformal with the real world right in front of your eyes is invaluable when flying,” said Paramore, a former U.S. Navy pilot. “Head-up displays are becoming a new standard.” b By Jill Wojciechowski

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COV E R STO RY Aircraft reference (Boresight) The aircraft reference symbol represents the projected centerline of the aircraft.

Zero degree pitch line (horizon line) The zero degree pitch line overlays the horizon at a low altitude.

Guidance cue Uses landing aid information to help pilots maneuver the aircraft and position the flight path symbol.

Flight path acceleration When the flight path acceleration symbol is above the wing of the flight path symbol, the aircraft is accelerating. If below, the aircraft is decelerating.

Flight path The flight path symbol shows the actual flight path vector of the aircraft.

What is HGS technology? Located in the flight deck just above the pilot’s head, the Rockwell Collins Head-up Guidance System (HGS) highintegrity computer projects precise navigational guidance cues that overlay and conform with the outside world onto a reflective combiner commonly referred to as a Head-Up Display (HUD). This guidance information works in concert with critical flight information also projected in front of the pilot – including air speed, radar altitude, wind speed and direction,

and flight path data – thus eliminating the need for continual transition from head-down instruments to a head-up, out-the-window view during critical phases of flight. What is the Enhanced Vision System? Technology that allows pilots to “see” through some types of fog, haze and precipitation via an infrared sensor. The image is projected on the HGS display. This technology has some limitations, especially during extremely poor weather conditions or while in thick clouds.

What is the Synthetic Vision System? A 3D virtual world based on a database of terrain, obstacles and runway information that safely replaces the outside view and can be seen in all weather conditions. What is Combined Vision? A system that combines the allweather view of synthetic vision and the real-world view of enhanced vision to give a combined vision view. By pushing a button on the airplane’s yoke, the pilot will be able to select any of these “views” on the head-up display.



Going the d i s t a n c e A successful test in 1977 led to our company’s dominance in GPS. Thirty-five years after the birth of the technology, Rockwell Collins employees explain what’s next. In 1977, few could imagine life with a Global Positioning System (GPS). Today, 35 years later, it’s hard to imagine life without it. “When GPS first started, it was a military capability to give our troops an advantage while navigating through unfriendly areas,” said Jane Krueger, senior director of navigation products for Rockwell Collins. “But the technology took off like wildfire and became a main staple of our lives. Now, pretty much every cell phone and car come with GPS, and it also maintained its importance in the military world.” In the 1970s, Rockwell Collins played a big role in the development of GPS receivers. Our first successful test of GPS – which was the birth of the technology – in July of 1977 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, led to a major contract with the United States Air Force. Since then, Rockwell Collins has introduced more than 50 GPS products. While a lot has changed in 35 years, our company continues to find ways to use and improve navigation technology, creating smaller, more cost-effective and increasingly global products for customers throughout the world. “Today, we provide GPS products that go on weapons, ships, vehicles and airplanes,” said Krueger. “That first

Our company’s first successful test of GPS – which was the birth of the technology – took place 35 years ago in July of 1977. The first GPS receiver station developed by Rockwell Collins in 1976 was about six feet tall and included two seats.

milestone gave us a foundation and baseline on which we continue to build.”

Focus on smaller footprint, expanded functions Reducing size, weight, power and cost have been major priorities in the GPS marketplace for years – whether for commercial or military purposes. Yet, more so than ever, improvements in consumer electronics GPS devices are driving changes in military GPS. “Our military customers see commercial GPS being integrated into devices like cell phones, and they ask,

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‘why can’t I have a watch with GPS in it for military applications?’” said Trevor Overton, principal program manager in Modernized and Embedded GPS products in Government Systems. “And while commercial GPS receivers have become incredibly small, the devices are extremely vulnerable to attack.” A GPS jammer can easily scramble or block GPS satellite signals, while a spoofer will confuse a GPS device, making it think it is somewhere it’s not.

“We recognize warfighters need the

reduction in size, provides opportunities

security military-grade GPS provides,” said

for the military to integrate secure GPS into

Overton. “But they also want GPS devices

several new and existing devices.

with a smaller footprint, allowing for

For instance, the MicroGRAM can be

multifunctional products like a smartphone

placed in handheld radios and computers.

that are much more convenient.”

And now, the reduced footprint means

One example of a solution that meets

there’s room for expanded functions,

this need is the new Rockwell Collins

such as precision pointing applications –

MicroGRAM, weighing in at only a quarter

which use small sensors to detect motion,

of an ounce, the smallest military GPS

allowing for more accuracy and precision

receiver in the world.

when satellite signals are unavailable.

The MicroGRAM was designed to

“The goal is to provide soldiers with

easily drop into existing GPS applications

expanded functions they can use while

without an extensive reconfiguration

reducing the load they carry,” said Overton.

process, according to Overton. This type

“Our customers have a unique advantage

of flexibility, along with the significant

with this very small GPS receiver.”

Government Systems Principal Program Manager Trevor Overton holds the new Rockwell Collins MicroGRAM, today’s smallest military GPS receiver, weighing in at only a quarter of an ounce. Behind him is the 1970s-era four-bay GPS receiver station, which was so large, it required a pallet to be moved.




GPS key to changing airspace

“The implementation of NextGen and SESAR, along

This smaller GPS device footprint trend extends into

with accompanying GPS technologies, will enable airlines

airborne applications of military GPS.

to operate more precisely, including better routing and

“Our customers are interested in making GPS

more efficient landing and performance,” said Ungs, who

receivers smaller and lighter because it allows us to

is based in Melbourne, Fla. “Rockwell Collins continues

add more functions,” said Nicole Cavanah, programs

to be a leader in bringing new GPS technology to the

manager in Airborne Navigation Products in Government

commercial airspace.”

Systems. “Right now, we’re investing in what we’re calling

Such leadership can be found in Rockwell Collins’

our NextGen GPS airborne receiver. It has additional

role with the Airbus A350

capabilities, all because the smaller size of the GPS

program, where our

receiver allows us to integrate new functions in the same

company will certify


an enhanced

As air traffic around the world becomes more

feature to improve

congested, air forces in the United States and Europe

accuracy and

want airborne GPS solutions that provide the flexibility to

availability using

navigate in both military and civilian airspaces, according

a Satellite Based

to Cavanah. In response, Rockwell Collins engineers are


developing airborne GPS solutions that meet both military

System. This

and commercial certification requirements.

feature will

Modernization efforts to reduce congestion in civil airspace also are driving big changes on the commercial side of our GPS business. In February, U.S. President Barack Obama signed the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization legislation, moving forward plans for the United States’ NextGen airspace program. The plan includes Automatic Dependence Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), a surveillance technology that uses GPS to provide more accurate aircraft tracking than radar surveillance. As more and more commercial aircraft take to the skies, the need for a transformation to a GPS-based airspace program has become apparent, said Steve Ungs, senior director of Commercial Navigation Systems Programs in Commercial Systems. That’s why Rockwell Collins is active in industry airspace modernization efforts, including NextGen implementation in the United States and the SESAR implementation in Europe.

Government Systems Programs Manager Nicole Cavanah displays the Navfire GPS receiver for weapons as well as a variety of other modern-day Rockwell Collins military GPS products. She believes the fact that our company has remained a GPS leader in the aerospace and defense industry for 35 years is a testament to our commitment to innovation.

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Commercial Systems Senior Director Steve Ungs stands next to the Rockwell Collins antenna that received the first GPS signal in 1977. Back then, an employee had to sit on the roof and reposition the antenna every five minutes in order to capture the first signal from a satellite. Today, the Rockwell Collins GPS-4000S (to the left of the antenna), designed for precise navigation and landings in aircraft, can simultaneously process the transmissions of up to 10 GPS satellites and two Space Based Augmentation System geo-stationary satellites.

infrastructure from both a commercial and a security perspective. This has led to the development of new satellite constellations such as Galileo in Europe and Compass in China. With these additional satellite constellations comes a need for interoperability, allowing commercial airlines to use multiple constellations as part of worldwide travel. “In the future, we realize countries implementing these regional satellite constellations may require airlines to use a specific satellite system while in the country’s airspace,” said Ungs. “In response to this worldwide change, Government Systems and Commercial Systems are developing solutions that will accommodate the emerging requirements by providing improved operational capability no matter where the customers are located in the world.”

Continuing to set the pace In spite of how quickly GPS technology is changing, the fact that our company has remained a GPS leader in the aerospace and defense industry for 35 years makes employees confident that Rockwell Collins will continue to set the pace. “Our customers look to us as a knowledge base for enable commercial airlines to meet Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) mandates as part of global modernization efforts.

Focus on global interoperability U.S.-based GPS and Russia-based GLONASS were the first navigation satellite systems available globally. Over the last three decades, other major powers have recognized the value of having their own satellite navigation

the modernization of GPS, not just in terms of receiver technology, but also how the receivers interact with satellites and the control center,” said Cavanah. “It’s really a testament to the expertise of our employees. “We have a wonderful foundation of satellite navigation experts globally who continue to share their knowledge,” continued Cavanah. “This expertise, combined with our history of innovation, positions us to remain on the forefront of the industry for years to come.” b By Erica Solum



Direct delivery Down Under Employees in Australia discovered that sometimes you have to look beyond our typical process to make a sale work for an international defense customer. Credit an exceptional relationship with the

application process took several years to complete,

Commonwealth of Australia for helping Rockwell Collins

it was worth the wait, according to Foster.

finalize our first direct commercial sale of Defense Advanced GPS Receivers (DAGRs) and first international sale of MicroDAGRs. “The Australian Defence Force wanted an acquisition

“Once it’s done, there is a precedent for the next sale. That’s what’s exciting,” he explained. Last July, the Commonwealth of Australia received its first deliveries of DAGRs and MicroDAGRs under a direct commercial

method that would provide more visibility into our delivery

sale contract with Rockwell Collins.

process,” explained Sonny Foster, principal marketing

This year, the Australian Defence

manager in Government Systems Marketing in the Asia-

Force was able to use the same

Pacific region, who is based in Sydney, Australia. “We knew

method to order 2,443 DAGRs.

it would take a lot of work to change our typical process,

“They can ring us real

but we also knew that it could make a big difference for

time to discuss needs now,”

the customer and for future sales, so we took it on.”

said Foster. “We also can

For the last 15 years, our company has sold GPS equipment, including DAGRs, to the Commonwealth of Australia via foreign military sales – the government-to-

solve problems on the spot since we’re in country.” b By Erica Solum

government method for selling United States defense products. A few years ago, the Australian government asked about direct commercial sales. While our company had not previously delivered DAGRs via this method, Foster and other Rockwell Collins employees in Australia recognized that it would allow us to provide the customer with a complete solution tailored to needs and potentially a quicker acquisition route. “With this method, we’re no longer just a provider of products, but a provider of complete solutions,” explained Stew Chapman, director of Government Sales in the AsiaPacific region, who also is based in Sydney. “Now, Rockwell Collins can deliver our products and all of the elements that go with it over the longer term, including local support. In addition, we’re able to better understand how vital these solutions are for the customer’s mission.”

Special application process Working in conjunction with the Commonwealth of Australia, a team of Rockwell Collins employees in the U.S. and Australia went through a special application process with the U.S. Government in order to deliver DAGRs through direct commercial sales. While the initial

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Principal Marketing Manager Sonny Foster from Sydney, Australia, holds the DAGR, the handheld standard for military GPS position, navigation and situational awareness, and the MicroDAGR, our company’s latest handheld GPS receiver.


Fostering a diverse, inclusive workplace Clara Centeno-Calero, principal manager in manufacturing engineering at our Melbourne, Fla., facility and member of the Latino Employee Network, teaches Spanish to her fellow employees in a weekly class. Centeno-Calero began teaching the classes as a way to bring together people from diverse backgrounds, including engineers, manufacturing operators and leaders. “I thought it would be a fun way to encourage team building – to help people work together and better understand their colleagues,” she said. To read more about Centeno-Calero and other employees who are empowering teams, building our communities, and sustaining our world, view the new Corporate Responsibility Report at

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Advice for new employees: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Proudest accomplishment: Getting to be a lead mentor.

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John H. Allen Cedar Rapids, Iowa Start date: June 1977 Original position: Electronic Engineering Technician in the Switching Systems Division Current position: Manager of the Commercial Systems Technical Support Department Most challenging project: During the 2008 flood, we had an engineering program located in downtown Cedar Rapids. It was recommended that we vacate the building and relocate. Working with the Facilities team, we moved all the lab equipment in one afternoon and were up and running the next day. It was a good decision as all power was soon lost downtown, and we had no access to the building. Favorite aspect of your current position: Interfacing and working with all the various organizations and departments that it takes to make our products and systems come to life. Shane A. Hicok Stephen J. Hill Brian R. Hilzendager Jennifer D. Hunt Matt J. Johnson Larry L. Johnson Ricardo T. Jordan Hsiaojung Kao Robert D. Kent Patrick M. Kettmann Kyle E. Lacey Denise L. Laing Lylah G. Lapid Theresa S. Light Gregory C. Linnell Joni L. Litts Hsueh Chun Lo Mark G. McKinnon

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John A. Meyer Stefanie K. Miller Gregory J. Monroe Stephane Moreau Scott J. Morgan Rachel A. MurphyNiec Jeffrey B. Neill Hai-Duong T. Nguyen Phat T. Nguyen Kyaw Nyunt Teresa L. O’Brien Christian Oliver Taiwo O. Olorunniwo Grzegorz P. Orzechowski Karla R. Osborn Caleb C. Owenby

Lorena E. Parada Franklin L. Parsons, Jr. Alexa L. Petersen Jason M. Pimlott Andre P. Pope Rene A. Poston Leslie W. Pritchard Jerry L. Proffitt Cheryl D. Ray Reggie C. Reicks Bryan G. Rennekamp Paul S. Renning Kyle D. Rickels Stephanie E. Roberts Matthew C. Ross Zachary J. Rutelonis Michael W. Sawa Carolyn A. Schaefer Clint D. Schreiner Geoffrey A. Shapiro Thomas J. Sharpnack Jean G. Sheppard Albert J. Simon Steven P. Slagenweit George T. Snyder IV Lori S. Stewart Jia Jen Sun Keith A. Thurm Susan E. Unruh Sergio I. Velazquez Mary A. Wheeler Claire L. Wild Shawn L. Wilson Timothy A. Wittmer Faisal Zaman Mark W. Zimmerman MAY

Brian M. Adamiak Jason M. Adams Benjamin K. Agor Chrissy J. Allmann Jerry K. Angsouvan Javier Aragon Loren K. Ashley Jeramy L. Barrett Matthew Barton Jeanie K. Bauer John K. Baughman Brandon A. Bazal Daniel J. Bensema Shannon F. Benson Brandi L. Bettis

Sidharth Bharij Hema D. Bhide Mark A. Billsberry Homer L. Birdine, Jr. Trent G. Blythe Gregory S. Braden Daniel Brannstrom Bryan M. Carroll John T. Chargo Bradley J. Corradi Sonal Dhall Tanya M. Dias Stephen W. Dickey Jose J. Donate Kelley L. Dotson James H. Eakes Christina K. Eldred Angela F. Farmer Holly M. Fondell Donald E. Glass Benjamin J. Goemaat Jeffrey C. Goodman Aaron S. Goodman Kalyani Gopalam William A. Gray Liliana Guerrero Trevor L. Haas Lee M. Harbin Justin L. Harms Sara S. Heck John E. Highcock II Tuyet N. Hoang Daniel G. Hoffard Jaclyn A. Hoke Jennifer L. Holladay Todd B. Hospodarsky Lourdes R. Hudson Valoree J. Humphrey Beverly A. Jackson Benjerman J. Janda Tina R. Jochimsen Christopher D. Johnson Janan E. Jones Janet G. Kelley Kim L. Kendrick Justin A. Kerper Darren N. Kinoshita Kevin M. Kirk Bridget M. Klosterman Geraldine Knaus Larry J. Krier Elizabeth A. Kueter James A. Kumpon

Joshua J. Kunze Remi Lecointe Chris M. Lewis Zhidong F. Liao Kara J. List Cynthia A. Maley Christopher J. Markham Jeralyn L. Marsalli Nathan L. Marzen Ronald P. Masterson Amanda M. Mattox Sebastien Mazuel Tiffany R. McCall Kevin H. McDonald Jean M. McGee Gerardo A. Mejia Sergio Z. Mendez Jean-Louis Michalski Jason W. Mier Joel G. Millage Alissa A. Miller Amy L. Mize

Tracy L. Montgomery Angela Montoya Sara M. Morlan Jairo Munoz Grethel Navarro Hernandez Mai-Hong D. Ngo Thuy T. Nguyen Man Q. Nguyen Thanh-Hai T. Nguyen Mary J. Nickel Jose L. Nunez Richard A. O’Brien Brenda L. Olson Thomas J. Omen Corinda C. Parks Ritesh R. Patel Alexander T. Paulson Paulette M. Petersen Srdjan Pudar Divashree Rai


Dena Baethke Cedar Rapids, Iowa Start date: June 1977 Original position: Fabrication Tool Control in 105 Fabrication Current position: Senior Procurement Program Specialist in Procurement Advice for new employees: Come to work every day ready to “earn your pay.” Always make an attempt to contribute something to Rockwell Collins. Make this a better place because of what you have done while on your job. Most challenging project: One of the more memorable projects was the transition from typewriters and file cabinets full of manuallycreated paper documentation to the one computer shared by many in our group.

David Reynolds Charles M. Rhoades Jason A. Rice Brianne A. Riehl Dominic D. Riehl Karen A. Roberts Jesus A. Robledo Dominique Roques David W. Ross Jeffery J. Rossel Kerri K. Rowland Brittany C. Rutelonis Jorge Sanchez Leon Gregory J. Sandoval Nancy A. Santos Joel M. Sauser Rose A. Schilling Gabriel W. Schive Maria I. Schlossberg Megan N. Schmitt Derek A. Schoonmaker Christina A. Settles Travis L. Shaw Weifang Shen Linda L. Shirvanian Jeshua M. Smith Doug Spikes Katie L. Stober Linda M. Sturgeon Andrew T. Sullivan Marilyn Sutton Chalise R. Swanson Robert Townsend Tam T. Tran Faviola Valdez Rakshith Varadaraju Robert J. White Molly L. Wieneke Daniel C. Winterberg Laura R. Yindra Martin A. Young James R. Zalnoski Richard Zamudio Lei Zan JUNE

Idris S. Abdul Hafiz Brian F. Adams Lisa D. Adams Talha S. Ansari Laura A. Anstoetter Ian Anthony Susan L. ApplegateHayes Alemseged K. Aragaw

Kristine M. Armstrong Teresa M. Baartman Thunyaporn Bagley Scott A. Bailey Tyler E. Balkman Jaime A. Basco

Darsha L. Brown Daniel J. Bullard Scott A. Bullerman Mark Burt Scott A. Campbell Donald A. Cass


Thomas R. (Tom) McCowan Wichita, Kan. Start date: June 1975 to June 1979, then May 1981 to present Original position: Avionics Technician at the Wichita Service Center Current position: Quality Representative at the Wichita Service Center Advice for new employees: Embrace the workplace challenges as opportunities, but strive to maintain a reasonable work/life balance. Favorite aspect of your current position: The pace of challenges in Service Center Quality is very demanding, but the vital role Quality plays in the success and reputation of the Service Center and Rockwell Collins as a company, plus the variety of experiences and personal interactions, makes it all rewarding.

Joshua J. Bates Todd M. Bay Stephen Bell Danny Benitez Melissa A. Bertram Ratandeep S. Bhangal Jesse J. Blochwitz Shane L. Block Tom C. Bowersox David R. Breitwisch Roger C. Brendecke

Carl P. Cavallaro Christopher R. Chapman Caleb J. Cheak Mark A. Cline Steven R. Collard Eric C. Crafter Felicia A. Craig John M. Daniel Carine David Justin M. Deegan David L. DeWitt

Isaack Diarra Terry W. Dickerson Kimberly D. Dierks Sharon D. Donahue David Dorner Daniel J. Doyle Brian L. Dugan Nuri R. Eady Dillon S. Eggers David N. Eisch Ronald Elder, Jr. Denise L. Ernster Lyndsy L. Fadl Eric M. Faggionato Patrice Filomin Alexander T. Fine Aaron M. Fitzgerald Ryan D. Fleming Benjamin T. Fritz Bryan L. Fry Sergio A. Gallo Lindsay F. Gilbert Christopher J. Giurato Heather Grant Liana M. Gregory Bassel Habboub Ivan N. Hall III Nancy A. Harris Ryan D. Hatfield Philip J. Hayek Judith G. Hein Darren E. Holmes Daniel R. Holub Sean D. Howard Brendan M. Hughes Dennis R. Hunter Jillian Ihrke Jeffrey R. Imig Brian D. Jeffrey Antonio G. Johnson Sheena Johri Kerlin Josaphat John M. Kaiser Alex F. Kass Nathan A. Kelley Erick Y. Kim Kevin L. Koontz Kurt L. Kratovil Dawn R. Krause Ryan A. Kremer Christine A. Kruger Nicholas W. Kueter Michael S. Larkin Dee Dee Z. Laughridge Sylvia E. Lee

Robert D. Lee Marlen L. Long Elizabeth M. Lujan Kimberly A. Ly Chris L. Madding Konstantin S. Maksimov Murray T. Marple Nicole M. McElligott Darcie R. McGrath James F. McHale M. Blythe Meister Jever Mendoza Craig N. Miller Justin L. Moon Brandon A. Morales Rowdy W. Morris Candace L. Nebraska Joshua A. Neuhaus Raylin J. Nevland Tiffany M. Nickens Matthew A. Noble Chad A. Nosko Jennifer L. Novak Harry D. Oakley Rilwan O. Okanlawon Ben Hur John D. Ong

Matthew D. Parker Viral R. Patel Nicholas C. Penzer Abhishek Periwal Robert M. Perrin Amanda M. Pershing James J. Petska Tuoi N. Phan Leslie C. Plendl Scott Prothman Kristen L. Pulczinski Padmanabha B. Puthige Kevin C. Reed Lyle D. Richard Anthony J. Rokusek Caryn R. Rowe Casey J. Ryan Joseph K. Schuette Sophie Schurch Thomas R. Scoble Emily E. Scott Jennifer S. Segura Katherine L. Shelor Nathan R. Sickels Jessica R. Sisk Benjamin F. Skogerboe >>>


Thomas (Tom) Yunghans Tustin, Calif. Start date: June 1977 Original position: Electrical Engineer for Hughes Aircraft Current position: Principal Electrical Engineer in Electrical Engineering II in Tustin Advice for new employees: Lobby with passion for what you think is the right approach, but remember that projects are a team effort. Most challenging project: I can’t really identify one in particular. All projects in Tustin tend to be a challenge as we strive to deliver a quality product, on a tight schedule, with a lean budget.



AROUND THE WORLD Paul N. Smith Fay A. Smith Allen E. Snow Bradley D. Southwick Nathaniel L. Spronk

Clint W. Stanerson Louis P. Stipkovich Michael Succio, Jr. Stephen D. Tanner Allonia C. Taylor-Harry

Jennifer N. Thomas Ray G. Thomsen William H. Townsend Travis J. Voss Randall J.

Walbridge Aimee L. Walsh Shin Ho Wang Jianning Wang Torie S. Waterman Jason A. Watts

Joseph J. Weiner Nathan F. Welch Jason S. Weyer Alexander V. White Samuel F. Williams Don E. Wright

Arouny Xayasene Christopher Yates Frances H. Yi Bradley S. Zoodsma

Retirees Rockwell Collins offers congratulations and best wishes to the following employees, who have recently announced their retirements. Mary A. Allamand Scotch Grove, Iowa

Bonnie S. Clarey Marion, Iowa

Frances C. Gomez Sachse, Texas

Dennis J. Hrncirik Hiawatha, Iowa

Cuc T. Ly Lewisville, Texas

Manas K. Roy Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Richard A. Alvarez Riverside, Calif.

Paul A. Clark Monticello, Iowa

Anne M. Grant Plano, Texas

Cindy B. Huovinen Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Thomas E. Mach Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Michael Sapanara Reedville, Va.

Robert R. Ankeney Seaside, Ore.

Gerald D. Clements Monticello, Iowa

Jerry C. Grodecky Palm Bay, Fla.

Larry E. Jones Marion, Iowa

Margie M. Martinez Wills Point, Texas

Hugo A. Antonucci Adin, Calif.

Barry F. Coelho Castro Valley, Calif.

Jonas A. Hadibrata La Habra, Calif.

Roberta J. Meader Center Point, Iowa

Diana Aparicio Plano, Texas

Ray L. Collins Robins, Iowa

Esther J. Hamilton Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Deborah S. Jorgensen Melbourne Village, Fla.

Betty L. Satterlee-Mull Waterloo, Iowa

Jay W. Atherton Murdock, Kan.

Harold E. Collins La Plata, Mo.

James M. Hannon Central City, Iowa

Kathleen A. Baty Coggon, Iowa

Rebecca S. Cook Marion, Iowa

Gregory A. Harman Solon, Iowa

Alan E. Benning Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Julianne R. Crosmer Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Lori M. Harrington Plano, Texas

Richard L. Bowersox Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Sonny A. Demayo Milpitas, Calif.

Terry M. Harris Gold River, Calif.

David R. Branton Escondido, Calif.

Jeffrey A. Dudrey Marion, Iowa

Robert D. Heath Toddville, Iowa

James H. Brown Garland, Texas

Darlene L. Ealy Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Tom C. Hess Robins, Iowa

Marvin D. Buhr Marion, Iowa

John R. Foster Garland, Texas

David Hite, Jr. Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Toan T. Bui Fremont, Calif.

Thomas G. Galloro Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Charles L. Holecek Marion, Iowa

Steven A. Burns Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Lynn A. Garner Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Donna S. Houchens Fontana, Calif.

Christine C. Callahan Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Sheila M. Gibson Chicago, Ill.

Patsy A. Housewright Fairfield, Texas

Mary E. Casey-Olson Coggon, Iowa

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Joseph Glogovsky, Jr. Marion, Iowa

Reginald C. Howk W Melbourne, Fla.

William H. Kamery Kearney, Neb. Robert A. Karl Cedar Rapids, Iowa Rosario Kirkley La Mirada, Calif. Roger R. Kolb Cedar Rapids, Iowa Joseph E. Kopish Cedar Rapids, Iowa Nancy A. Kotar Cedar Rapids, Iowa Mary A. Lagerquist Marion, Iowa Thomas R. Lindgren Cedar Rapids, Iowa Michael E. Little McKinney, Texas William S. Logan Marion, Iowa Kimhuong T. Long Fremont, Calif.

Gary L. Miller West Amana, Iowa Donald F. Moriarty Manchester, Iowa Fred B. Moyer Palo, Iowa Vivian M. Neelley Ellenton, Fla. Jimmy K. Offen Martelle, Iowa David Penunuri San Diego, Calif. Barbara A. Petrick Parker, Colo. Elizabeth C. Potter Tyrone, Ga. Douglas R. Potter Tyrone, Ga.

Steven H. Sawyers Marion, Iowa Clifford W. Schupp Cedar Rapids, Iowa Gordon L. Sturm Marion, Iowa Lida S. Timm Marengo, Iowa Phung V. Tran San Jose, Calif. Dennis J. Vanderhei Cedar Rapids, Iowa James A. Ward Mount Pleasant, Iowa Melodee S. Webb Mooresville, N.C. Ralph E. Williams Swisher, Iowa

Dwight W. Ramsey Plano, Texas

Blane W. Wollschlager Swisher, Iowa

Charles H. Reichert Hiawatha, Iowa

John A. Yanosy Grapevine, Texas

Wesley G. Roediger Woodway, Texas

Shirley A. Zacek Oak Lawn, Ill.

In memoriam Rockwell Collins offers condolences to the families and friends of the following employees and retirees, whose deaths were recently reported. James L. Barton* Malta, Ohio Jan. 8, 2012 Ronald L. Bole* Newark, Ohio Feb. 28, 2012 Sharon L. Bradley* Pickett, Wis. March 6, 2012 Richard H. Butler* Oro Valley, Ariz. April 7, 2012 Cecilia E. Conklin* Moorpark, Calif. April 7, 2012 Ray E. Crim* Minden, Nev. Feb. 2, 2012 Victoria A. Culver Whittaker, Mich. May 9, 2012 Jad J. Dihu* Darien, Ill. April 10, 2012

Donald L. Dynes* Stockton, Calif. Feb. 22, 2012

Henry Hernandez* Cedar Rapids, Iowa March 19, 2012

Jack Fitzpatrick* Kenton, Ohio April 18, 2012

Ellen M. Hiatt* Cedar Rapids, Iowa March 12, 2012

Arlie W. Gilbert* Bean Station, Tenn. April 22, 2012

Roy W. Howard* Charlotte, N.C. Feb. 4, 2012

Robert S. Graham* South Lyon, Mich. March 18, 2012

Robert C. Kosen* West Bloomfield, Mich. March 4, 2012

George T. Graham* Stanton, Ky. Jan. 26, 2012

Robert Kovich* Fullerton, Calif. May 12, 2012

Margaret I. Havlicek* Cedar Rapids, Iowa Feb. 23, 2012

Joseph W. Kusia* Troy, Mich. Jan. 24, 2012

Frederick C. Hawkes* Monte Sereno, Calif. March 22, 2012

Anthony A. Lansbarkis* Sun Lakes, Ariz. March 14, 2012

Joseph W. MacKinnis* York, S.C. April 8, 2012

Peter J. Petersen* Shellsburg, Iowa Jan. 29, 2012

Daniel E. Martin* Cedar Rapids, Iowa April 30, 2012

Katheryne L. Ringgenberg* Center Point, Iowa April 14, 2012

Frederick A. Mikkelsen, Jr.* Dallas, Texas March 31, 2012

Jerry D. Rupe* Wellington, Ky. Jan. 13, 2012

Glen E. Miner* Pittsburg, Texas May 19, 2012

Jean M. Schuttloffel* Marion, Iowa March 6, 2012

Gerald C. Myers* Cedar Rapids, Iowa March 19, 2012

Judith A. Simon Manchester, Iowa June 14, 2012

Rodger O. Oleson* Farmersville, Texas Feb. 27, 2012

Norman C. Stordahl* Marion, Iowa Dec. 26, 2011

Francis X. Wolf, Jr* Reading, Pa. Jan. 27, 2012

Hien C. Trinh* San Jose, Calif. Feb. 10, 2012

Fred P. Zimmer* Frisco, Texas Jan. 20, 2012

Cynthia L. Perdue* Santa Rosa, Calif. Feb. 6, 2012

June E. Ward West Melbourne, Fla. April 8, 2012 Charles A. Weseman* Melbourne, Fla. April 8, 2012 Robert J. Wickham* Murrells Inlet, S.C. Feb. 28, 2012 James W. Wilkins* Gilroy, Calif. Jan. 6, 2012 Robert L. Wince* Ada, Ohio Jan. 5, 2012




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In this issue of Horizons, you will find several articles that explain how our technologies – like the Pro Line Fusion® avionics system and...


In this issue of Horizons, you will find several articles that explain how our technologies – like the Pro Line Fusion® avionics system and...