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Rockwell Collins, Bombardier unveil enhanced cabin electronics

July 21, 2010, Farnborough, U.K. - Rockwell Collins and Bombardier Aerospace announced today the release of “V7” Cabin Electronics System (CES) software for operators of Bombardier’s Global 5000 and Global Express XRS business aircraft.


July 21, 2010
By Carey Fredericks

The software — which Rockwell Collins co-developed with Teague, a leading industrial design firm — features a new Graphical User Interface (GUI) with improved intuitiveness and ease of use. The interface includes an internationally recognized icon-based menu that is less dependent on language, reflecting advances in modern user interface design.

The new GUI streamlines functionality, bringing the most important features and tasks to the forefront, while updating the overall look and feel with enhanced graphics. “At a Glance” and “Favorites” menu options create more universal appeal and make the GUI more immediately usable.

“As the pinnacle of our team’s efforts to refresh and simplify the GUI, our CES software upgrade presents a substantial improvement in our market-leading CES capabilities,” said Tommy Dodson, vice president and general manager of Cabin Systems for Rockwell Collins. “In focus group testing, Global aircraft operators indicated that our new interface is sleek, user-friendly and reflective of a world-class cabin experience.”

Stéphane Leblanc, Vice-President, Global Completion Centre, Bombardier Business Aircraft, said that “all new aircraft deliveries will include the new V7 CES software as of July 2010.”

Rockwell Collins and Bombardier will begin rolling out V7 CES and retrofitting in-service aircraft later this fall. The software itself will be offered free of charge for most in-service aircraft (subject to configuration approval).