Imagine using a 3D app on your tablet to learn more about mapping and aviation while you fly across the world in a commercial jet. That’s exactly what Rockwell Collins wants you to experience. An atlas of the world is presented in an app set for release on the Google Play store on Android devices around the world.
The app lets passengers in air flights view the world around them in a fun, engaging and educational way. The app is called Airshow 3D and it includes a moving map simulation that the team has used for distance learning in the past.
There is also a Venue Cabin Remote app that lets business passengers see where they are flying over in stunning 3D detail.
The general manager and vice president for the Flight Controls and Information Systems for Rockwell Collins, Greg Irmen, said the team was delivering an app they believed had immense demand in the marketplace. Business jet passengers were expected to take up the app enthusiastically. Both the new Airshow and Venue Android apps have real time information and are graphically enhanced.
The Airshow 3D Moving Map app offers touch enabled interaction much like other apps on tablets and smartphones. The maps can be interacted with using a swipe, pinch and zoom feature. Satellite images have been used to create a world with immense graphical quality and stunning details. All this is expected to make the app as fun to use as possible. The app also offers Unique, interactive panoramic and pilot head-up display views
On the other hand, the Venue CabinRemote app creates a wireless access point onboard the plane and allow pilots to communicate. There is also cabin control features that have been integrated with the seats of the pilots.
Airshow 4000, Airshow 500 and Venue systems with Airshow can take advantage of the new Airshow app for Android. The Android cabin remote app is a simple system upgrade from a Rockwell Collins authorized dealer.
The Airshow 3D moving map and Venue CabinRemote are also currently available via the Apple iTunes® App Store.
Rockwell collins is a pioneer in the marketplace. It is a leader in communications devices and technologies for the aviation industry and this new innovative app has been well received. The company has years of experience providing information management, flight deck avionics, simulation for training pilots and cabin electronics. The engineers working on these products and services come from across the world and the company has operations and services in over 150 different countries.
The company is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Arthur Collins founded the company back in 1933 as a radio equipment manufacturer. The company was then called Collins Radio Company. It acquired a reputation for fine quality over the years as the AM radio market expanded in the US. Larger radio stations started coming up around World War Two and the equipment needed by the military pushed Collins to manufacture specialized parts for the army.
Industry feedback from the battlefield helped Collins make many innovative improvements to the speech equipment used by the soldiers on foot. These improvements were also passed onto consumers and soon the company’s profit margins started to expand.
Rockwell international bought the company in 1973 and the combined company has been called Rockwell Collins ever since. The company acquired Sony’s trans communications unit in 2000 and started to manufacture aviation equipment at the time.
Now, the company employs over twenty thousand people from all parts of the world. The turnover is said to be in excess of $4.67 billion and Kelly Ortberg was appointed CEO in August 2013.
The most surprising thing about the company is the community that has developed around their older radios. When Collins company was at the height of its fame, many collectors started buying the radios to keep them as collectibles. The radio enthusiasts now have clubs and websites dedicated to members who like to discuss the radios and share tips on how to acquire more.
Groups of Collins users also organize meetings, gatherings at Hamfest and regularly scheduled on-air discussions called “nets”.