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Rockwell Collins wins Boeing contract

Cedar Rapids company will supply touch screen displays for 777X jetliners

Rockwell Collins in an aerial photograph in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, July 9, 2016. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Rockwell Collins in an aerial photograph in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, July 9, 2016. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Rockwell Collins has been awarded a contract to provide touch-screen flight displays for all five flight deck displays on the new Boeing 777X jetliner.

It will mark the first time a commercial air transport aircraft will be equipped with this type of flight displays. The displays are expected to make the flight deck more intuitive for pilots and more efficient for flight operations.

The 777X touch screen flight displays will be multi-touch, allowing two pilots can touch the same screen at the same time. The touch screens also will employ resistive technology, requiring a firm touch to avoid unintentional interaction with the displays.

The bezel or frame surrounding the displays will provide bracing features for operating the aircraft during turbulence.

As Boeing’s display supplier on all of its next-generation aircraft, including the 777X, 787 Dreamliner, 737 MAX and the 747-8, Rockwell Collins is providing a common graphical foundation for pilots across all the aircraft.

The Cedar Rapids avionics, communications and information management systems provider was the first to certify touch screen primary flight displays for commercial aviation on a business aircraft.

Boeing has 300 orders and commitments for the 777X, with first deliveries planned for 2020. Rockwell Collins previously was awarded contracts to provide weather radar, select flight controls, a secure server router and optional dual head-up guidance system for the Boeing 777X.

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