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SkyBus Airlines selects Rockwell Collins avionics, eFlight


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (October 30, 2006) - SkyBus Airlines, The Next Generation of Low Fare Airlines, based in Columbus, Ohio, has selected Rockwell Collins avionics and an eFlight information management solution for its fleet of 65 Airbus A319 aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2007.

“We worked closely with SkyBus to determine their specific needs, and provided solutions to help them be successful in today’s environment,” said Randy Lincoln, vice president, sales and marketing, for Rockwell Collins. “We were fortunate to begin our relationship with Skybus in their early stages to accommodate their needs and we look forward to strengthening it further in years to come.”

“Rockwell Collins has been an integral part of the SkyBus team,” said Skybus Airlines President and Chief Operating Officer Ken Gile. “They worked closely with us to develop an avionics solution for the Skybus fleet that includes some of the most advanced technology in the industry that will keep out costs low. Additionally, their eFlight program will help us create an efficient, streamlined operation from day one.”

Two key features of the avionics package include the Rockwell Collins WXR-2100 MultiScan™ Weather Radar and the GLU-925 Multi-Mode receiver. MultiScan is a fully automatic radar that reduces pilot workload and enhances safety and passenger comfort by reducing unexpected turbulence encounters. MultiScan provides optimal weather detection from the nose of the aircraft to 320 nautical miles. The GLU-925 MMR is the first to include LAAS, and supports growth to future FMS landing system (FLS) and GPS landing system (GLS) capabilities currently in development at Airbus.

The avionics package also includes a complete array of Rockwell Collins sensors.

Rockwell Collins’ eFlight ground system was also selected by SkyBus Airlines. The initial system will manage select operational data using ACARS communications, but is planned to expand to a full end-to-end solution set to manage the secure exchange, processing, storage and retrieval of information among SkyBus airplanes and various business, flight operations and maintenance systems. eFlight products and services deliver a broad range of database, document, communications and process management solutions that enhance the efficiency of aircraft operations and increase passenger affinity.

Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronics solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, information management and simulation and training is strengthened by 18,000 employees, and a global service and support network that crosses 27 countries. To find out more, please visit

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