April 23, 2015 (by Dave Gosch) - Rockwell Collins’ Flight2™ avionics were onboard when Cascade Aerospace officially delivered the modernized C-130K aircraft to the Mexican Air Force during a ceremony today at the Feria Aeroespacial Mexico Air Show 2015.
Rockwell Collins’ Flight2 avionics, pictured here in the cockpit of a Mexican Air Force C-130K, were onboard when Cascade Aerospace officially delivered the modernized C-130K aircraft to the Mexican Air Force during a ceremony at the Feria Aeroespacial Mexico Air Show 2015. [Rockwell Collins photo]
In November 2013, Cascade received a contract as part of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the Canadian and Mexican governments, for maintenance and modernization of the Fuerza Aérea Mexicana (FAM) C-130K aircraft. Rockwell Collins was selected in 2014 to provide avionics for the aircraft.
The C-130K maintenance and modernization program was initiated in 2014. It involved an upgrade of the avionics system, including the installation and integration of the Rockwell Collins Flight2 integrated avionics system.
The Rockwell Collins Flight2 integrated avionics system will provide the Mexican Air Force C-130 aircraft with unrestricted access to global airspace by meeting current Communication, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM
) airspace requirements.
Included in the avionics upgrade is a full glass cockpit with new primary flight displays, Required Navigation Performance/Area Navigation flight management system and digital engine instruments. The upgrade will provide the Mexican Air Force with state-of-the-art capabilities consistent with the world’s leading C-130 operators.
Cascade also conducted operational and technical training for FAM personnel using the Rockwell Collins Flight2 procedural training simulator at its Abbotsford facility.
The aircraft is a derivative of Lockheed Martin’s C-130 Hercules, and is used to carry troops, passengers or freight.