ROCKWELL COLLINS’ EXPANDED CABIN PORTFOLIO SELECTED FOR FIRST ACJ320NEO
Switzerland-based AMAC Aerospace has selected a full suite of Rockwell Collins’ cabin products for the world’s first Airbus ACJ320neo VIP aircraft, which is due for delivery to Acropolis Aviation, the UK VIP charter operator, in the fourth quarter of 2019. AMAC is scheduled to begin outfitting the aircraft at its Basel, Switzerland, facilities before the end of 2018.
AMAC and Acropolis selected Rockwell Collins’ market-leading Venue™ HD cabin management and entertainment system to provide their passengers with an engaging in-flight experience. Venue is now installed on more than 1,100 aircraft ranging from turboprops to long-range business jets and VIP aircraft. Also included in the product suite is the StageTM on demand wireless streaming solution, Airshow® Moving Map and the company’s innovative ViuTM LED interior lighting system.
“In choosing Rockwell Collins to provide the cabin management system for our new aircraft, we are continuing a successful relationship which began in 2015 and continues through to the introduction of Stage earlier this year,” said Acropolis Aviation CEO Jonathan Bousfield.
“We are honored to have been selected by ACJ’s launch customer, Acropolis Aviation, for completing the first ACJ320neo in V/VIP configuration at our facility in Basel. With Rockwell Collins, we have a strong team and we look forward to continuing a fruitful relationship,” said Bernd Schramm, Group Chief Operating Officer at AMAC Aerospace.
Acropolis Aviation will benefit from Venue’s fault-tolerant, rugged fibre optic backbone, which ensures maximum system availability while providing necessary bandwidth to integrate the latest consumer technologies. It also features intuitive cabin controls for its passengers to easily manage their ride environment, both from on-board interfaces and personal devices.
Stage on demand, recently introduced on Acropolis Aviation’s ACJ319, G-NOAH, features a total content delivery solution from Rockwell Collins that will allow all its 19 VIP passengers to stream media, including Hollywood digital rights management (DRM)-protected movies and TV shows, to their personal devices from an easy-to-refresh, robust onboard server through wireless access points. Content is selected by flight departments from a frequently updated cloud-based media catalogue. The selected content can then be loaded on the aircraft server in a variety of ways, including both physical and wireless.
Rounding off the cabin offering is Viu LED lighting, which includes a series of innovative products customisable to fit different brands via a full range of easy to integrate high intensity colour options for any type of aircraft, new or retrofit. Viu is integrated with the Venue CMS to allow for control functions.
“Acropolis will be among the first customers to experience our expanded cabin offering featuring industry-leading comfort and entertainment solutions all from one source,” said Craig Olson, vice president and general manager of Business and Regional Systems for Rockwell Collins. “We are committed to delivering a new level of productivity and enjoyment to VIP passengers in all aircraft types, and we look forward to working with AMAC Aerospace as they outfit the first ACJ320neo.”
Additional technologies to augment passengers’ overall cabin experience include 4K displays to provide more dynamic viewing pleasure, wireless remote applications for a more convenient user experience, major Hollywood AVOD, and energy/weight-saving lighting technologies that integrate with on-wing and personal electronic devices (PED).