Rockwell Collins to provide fly-by-wire control for next-generation Boeing 777 jumbo jet
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, 21 July 2014. Avionics designers at BAE Systems in London needed a flight-control module (FCM) for the integrated flight control electronics (IFCE) fly-by-wire (FBW) system that BAE Systems is designing for the Boeing 777x widebody passenger jet. They found their solution from Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
BAE Systems is choosing Rockwell Collins IFCE FBW system that builds on the Rockwell Collins flight control electronics on several other FBW-equipped air transport aircraft under development.
The system delivers high-integrity FBW computing functionality that supports the 777X’s new wing with load alleviation, and its high lift and folding wing tips, Rockwell Collins officials say.
The flight controls that Rockwell Collins is providing to BAE Systems and to the 777x helps maneuver the aircraft through complex procedures and challenging environments, explains Greg Irmen, vice president and general manager of flight controls and information systems at Rockwell Collins. The system will help the 777X save fuel and optimize its performance, he says.
Production of the 777X is expected to begin in 2018 with first delivery in 2020. The 777X will be a twin-engine, twin-aisle fuel-efficient commercial jet for passenger and cargo service.
The cabin interior of the 777X is based on the 787 Dreamliner and will include large windows, a wide cabin, and new lighting. The plane will offer a range of 8,200 nautical miles and seat more than 400 passengers.
The 777-8X will compete with the Airbus A350-1000 and will have a range of 9,300 nautical miles with seating for 350 passengers. The 777X will be formally named at a later date.