CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, 27 Oct. 2016. Flight management software from Rockwell Collins, developer of open systems architecture avionics in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, conforms to Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Technical Standard Edition 2.1, the latest open architecture software standard for creating portable and reusable software. Rockwell Collins’ Required Navigation Performance (RNP) Area Navigation (RNAV)-capable Mission Flight Management Software (MFMS), called MFMS-1000, has received the first FACE Conformance Certificate from The Open Group FACE Consortium.
FACE Certification proves that a software component successfully concluded an independent verification and certification process defined by the FACE Conformance Program, which includes technical verification by a designated Verification Authority (VA) and subsequent certification by the FACE Certification Authority (CA).
Rockwell Collins is a sponsor and founding member of the FACE Consortium, and holds multiple leadership positions at the steering committee and subcommittee levels.
"This is an important milestone for reducing system costs," explains Heather Robertson, senior director of rotary wing solutions for Rockwell Collins. "Conforming to the FACE standard ensures this product is architected to work across multiple avionics implementations, reducing test time and ultimately increasing rapid, affordable deployment of innovation."
The Rockwell Collins MFMS-1000 integrated software solution forms the core of an advanced flight management capability that can be customized through its open architecture interfaces. The company’s application programming interfaces, along with its pre-built and verified capabilities options, enable the MFMS-1000’s navigation, flight plan management, and guidance capabilities to integrate seamlessly with existing mission systems and functions, officials say.
Rockwell Collins develops and deploys aviation and high-integrity solutions for both commercial and government applications. Its flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, simulation and training, and information management offerings are delivered by a global workforce and service/support network that crosses more than 150 countries.
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