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Pro Line 21 IDS delivered on Sikorsky S-61 long-range helicopters

February 13, 2012  By Carey Fredericks

Feb. 13, 2012, Dallas, Tx. - Rockwell Collins today announced the delivery of its Pro Line 21 Integrated Display System (IDS) on two Sikorsky S-61 long-range helicopters. The announcement was made at Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo 2012 in Dallas, Texas.

Following successful installation of Pro Line 21 IDS through a collaborative effort with Toronto, Canada-based Vector Aerospace in early 2011, the system received supplemental type certification in June and was recently delivered on two S-61s.

“Pro Line 21 IDS brings a greater sense of confidence to long-range helicopter operators during the most complex missions by integrating key inputs from aircraft sensors, radios, flight management systems, and autopilots and presenting them on a large format LCD display system,” said John Peterson, director, Avionics & Flight Controls Marketing for Rockwell Collins. “Together with Vector, we’ve brought the power of advanced avionics to the S-61 flight deck, and have done so affordably with minimal downtime.”

The readily available, easily installed Pro Line 21 IDS features a robust, integrated design that reduces unit count and weight, resulting in lower operating costs for helicopter flight departments through reduced aircraft maintenance and greater fuel efficiency. Additionally, the system is designed for easy adaptability to meet future airspace requirements and capabilities, including synthetic vision.

The Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 IDS retrofit package on the Sikorsky S-61 includes:


Two 10” x 8” liquid crystal display (LCD) primary flight displays
Solid-state Weather Radar System with turbulence detection
Attitude Heading Reference System (AHARS)
Mode S Transponder with ADS-B out capability
Dual Display Control Panel (DCP)


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