Rockwell Collins nabs innovation honour
Nov. 18, 2011, Cedar Rapids, Iowa - Rockwell Collins joined an elite list of companies from around the world when it was named a first runner-up in the Transport category in the 2011 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards at a recent ceremony in Redwood City, Calif.
The company was recognized for synthetic vision on a head-up display (HUD), which enhances pilots’ situational and operational awareness through all phases of flight, especially in low-visibility conditions and unfamiliar territory.
"We're very proud to be recognized for this revolutionary technology that paints a forward-looking view of the outside world for pilots when they wouldn’t be able to see it otherwise," said Craig Olson, senior director of Head-up Guidance Systems for Rockwell Collins. “Not only does a head-up, synthetic view enable safer travel, it will enable more reliable travel as regulators allow its use for lower takeoff and landing minima.”
This year, the Wall Street Journal received 605 applications from companies, organizations and individuals in 31 countries. A total of 35 winners and runners-up in 16 categories were selected based on whether the innovation broke with conventional ideas or processes in its field; whether the innovation went beyond marginal improvements on something that already exists; and, whether it will have a wide impact in its field or on future technology. Rockwell Collins was the only aerospace and defense company to receive an award.
Rockwell Collins is the first to certify synthetic vision on a HUD and is the only company that offers the capability. Rockwell Collins’ HUD with synthetic vision will enter into service early next year on the Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft.