Collins Aerospace to provide mission-critical power and controls avionics for Boeing T-X trainer jet

The Collins auxiliary power engine control unit controls, monitors, and diagnoses all phases of auxiliary power and engine start system operation.

Jun 21st, 2019
T X Trainer 21 June 2019

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Collins Aerospace Systems in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a unit of United Technologies Corp.,, has been selected by Saab to provide key power and controls avionics for the Boeing T-X trainer jet, including the aircraft’s power take off (PTO) shaft, auxiliary power engine control unit (APECU), engine start system, and main electric power generation system (MEPGS). ASDNews reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

21 June 2019 -- The Collins auxiliary power engine control unit is a full-authority, advanced electronic controller that controls, monitors, and diagnoses all phases of auxiliary power and engine start system operation.

The controller also transmits fault and maintenance information to the aircraft systems through redundant communication buses. Collins Aerospace’s engine start system includes a starter control valve and air turbine starter that converts pneumatic power, supplied by the APU and controlled by the starter control valve, into mechanical shaft horsepower to start the engine.

The main electric power generation system for the T-X trainer jet will feature Collins Aerospace’s integrated drive generator and digital controls technology to deliver highly reliable constant frequency power.

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John Keller, chief editor
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