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Collins Aerospace’s multi-mode receiver now on Airbus planes

November 12, 2021  - By
The Airbus A350 can now be equipped with the Collins Aerospace GLU-2100 multi-mode receiver. (Photo: pablorebo1984/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images)

The Airbus A350 can now be equipped with the Collins Aerospace GLU-2100 multi-mode receiver. (Photo: pablorebo1984/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images)

The Collins Aerospace GLU-2100 multi-mode receiver (MMR) has received approval by Airbus, making it available as line-fit and retrofit on Airbus A320, A330 and A350 aircraft. This a major step toward Collins offering next-generation GNSS to the commercial aviation marketplace.

An MMR assists pilots in positioning, navigating and landing an aircraft. Building on the GNSS capabilities of previous MMRs, the GLU-2100 provides a satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) and ground-based augmentation system (GBAS). This supports the integrity of the aircraft position, as well as the accuracy and availability of demanding aircraft operations such as landing in low visibility conditions.

The GLU-2100 MMR ensures that commercial aircraft can meet flight zone global mandates, while also proofing the technology by providing a solid foundation for future growth. It includes the flexible hardware baseline necessary to implement future GNSS capabilities, such as multi-frequency and multi-constellation (MFMC), and GBAS Category II/III via software-only update.

Acquisition of FlightAware tracking platform

In August, Collins Aerospace signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held FlightAware, a digital aviation company providing global flight-tracking solutions, predictive technology, analytics and decision-making tools.

Closure of the acquisition is subject to the completion of customary conditions and regulatory approvals. Following closing, FlightAware will join Collins’ Information Management Services portfolio within the company’s Avionics strategic business unit. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Based in Houston, Texas, with approximately 130 employees, FlightAware was founded in 2005 and is a provider of real-time and historical flight information and insights to the global aviation community. FlightAware serves all segments of the aviation marketplace through applications and data services that provide comprehensive information about the current and predicted movement of aircraft.

Through the collection, interpretation and enrichment of hundreds of sources of data, FlightAware transforms millions of raw flight data elements and delivers them as coherent, easy-to-consume flight stories. The company has a proprietary terrestrial ADS-B network with tens of thousands of receivers spanning seven continents in 200 countries and territories.

About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.