Rockwell Collins and Beijing Bluesky Aviation Technology, an AVIC subsidiary, have signed a Memorandum of Agreement towards establishing a joint venture that will design, manufacture and market commercial aviation flight simulators. The venture will initially focus on airlines and aircraft manufacturers in China, with future plans to address the global commercial simulation and training market segment.
The agreement, signed yesterday by LeAnn Ridgeway, vice president and general manager, Simulation and Training Solutions for Rockwell Collins, and Mr. Jin Dongsheng, chairman, Beijing Bluesky Aviation Technology, will establish a center of excellence for commercial flight simulation in China. The joint venture will combine the strength of Rockwell Collins CORE™ Simulation Architecture technology and leading visual systems with Bluesky’s expertise on Chinese commercial aircraft flight simulation training products and services.
“This is an important day as we extend our long-standing, successful relationship with Bluesky to the next level, and deepen our commitment to the commercial simulation and training market segment,” said Ridgeway. “Our combined ability to create simulators with the highest levels of realism, flexibility and life cycle value holds great promise for China and beyond.”
“This joint venture marks the continuation of a trusted partnership that we have built with Rockwell Collins over the years,” said Mr. Jin. “We are proud to launch this venture in China’s rapidly growing aviation market, and look forward to fulfilling our long-term goal of addressing the unique training needs of airlines around the world.”
Rockwell Collins and Bluesky have previously developed simulation and training solutions for the MA60, MA600, ARJ21 and C919 programs. Through the joint venture, the companies will expand their work to include a broader range of full flight simulators and lower level training devices for regional, narrowbody and widebody airline training segments. The joint venture will also provide maintenance and support services.
Pending a final joint venture agreement and subsequent regulatory approvals, the joint venture is expected to begin operation by year end.
Source: Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL)
Date: Jun 5, 2013