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ACES Team Earns 2019 SAFE Achievement Award

Posted by The ACES 5 Team on Dec 31, 2019 2:31:43 PM

A small team of Collins Aerospace employees within our Ejection Seats & Propulsion business in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was honored recently for designing an innovative seat retrofit kit and qualifying it to meet the latest U.S. Air Force airworthiness requirements.

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Topics: Performance, Execution, Experience, In The News

USAF Next Generation Ejection Seat (NGES) program announcement

Posted by The ACES 5 Team on Nov 19, 2019 6:30:01 PM

Big news! The U.S. Air Force recently notified Collins Aerospace of its intent to sole-source the Next Generation Ejection Seat (NGES) program with our ACES 5® ejection seat. NGES upgrades the existing ACES II ejection seats on platforms used by the Air Force that include the F-15, F-16, F-22, B-1 and A-10.

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Topics: Performance, Made in the USA, Safety, Experience, In The News

Collins Aerospace ‘Grasshopper Award’ recognizes pilots saved by an ACES ejection seat

Posted by The ACES 5 Team on Oct 21, 2019 6:33:03 PM

When then-U.S. Air Force (USAF) Lt. Col. Bob Harvey took off in his F-16 for a training mission at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina on Nov. 19, 1998, he had no idea he wouldn’t be landing as usual. Almost at the very instant he raised his landing gear, his engine immediately shut down. With no altitude to try any options, Harvey knew that ejection was his only chance for survival. After using some aircraft momentum to zoom to 157 feet altitude, he pulled the critical yellow handle to eject. Luckily for him, that handle connected to a Collins Aerospace ACES-II® ejection seat. In a split second, Harvey was successfully out of his disabled F-16 and under a good parachute to complete a safe landing. How safe was it? Safe enough that just 10 days later Harvey resumed flying.

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Topics: Performance, Safety, In The News

ACES 5® is on the road – Come see us

Posted by The ACES 5 Team on Sep 8, 2019 10:28:45 PM

With recent appearances at SAFE EU and the Paris Air Show, the ACES 5 ejection seat and team have been a busy.

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Topics: Performance, Safety, Experience

B-2 Bomber ejection seat upgrade: Collins Aerospace ACES seat kits on track for delivery this summer

Posted by The ACES 5 Team on Jul 11, 2019 4:22:58 PM

Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has conducted several major reviews on the upgraded version of its ACES II ejection seat for the U.S. Air Force’s Safety and Sustainment Improvement Program (SSIP) for B-2 bombers. After closing out final action items, deliveries are on track to begin this summer.

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Topics: Performance, Execution, Safety, Experience, In The News

Add Another to Lives Saved: ACES Ejection Seat Caught on Camera

Posted by The ACES 5 Team on Jun 26, 2019 1:11:16 PM

Recently in the news, a camera caught our ACES technology in action. Credited with saving more than 664 lives since 1978, another ACES save can be added to that counter when a pilot had to eject from a F-16. If unfortunate events happen, it’s good to know Collins Aerospace and ACES is there for aircrew who are born to fly so they can live to walk away.

View the video here.

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Topics: Performance, Safety, In The News

Meet ACES 5® Team Member John "Barney" Fyfe

Posted by The ACES 5 Team on Apr 26, 2019 5:41:57 PM

We're excited to introduce a new series to our blog called "Meet the team." Over the next several months, this series will allow you to get to know more about the dedicated group of professionals behind the ACES 5 seat who are passionate about savings lives.

In our first profile, meet John "Barney" Fyfe. As Director of Air Force Programs, Barney interfaces with US and international Air Forces, Joint Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense to promote safety and awareness of ACES 5.

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Topics: Experience

Collins Aerospace To Provide Aces 5 Ejection Seat And Landing Gear System For Boeing T-X Trainer

Posted by The ACES 5 Team on Jan 31, 2019 11:20:00 AM

When the U.S. Air Force flies its new advanced pilot trainer from Boeing and Saab, it will be equipped with an ACES 5® ejection seat from Collins Aerospace, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), along with a fully integrated landing gear system.

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Topics: Performance, Execution, Safety, Experience, In The News

Media cover successful ACES 5 sled test HELD at Hurricane Mesa

Posted by The ACES 5 Team on Nov 7, 2018 3:28:00 PM

The UTC Aerospace Systems ACES 5 team recently completed the latest in a series of tests. To simulate realistic conditions, the rocket-powered test rig accelerated to 600 KEAS (Knots Equivalent Airspeed) before successfully ejecting two advanced flight test manikins on ACES 5 seats. Several media outlets joined, resulting in the coverage below.

Flight Global: UTAS puts ACES 5 high with Hurricane Mesa ejection seat test
By Garrett Reim, November 1, 2018

Sitting atop a 1,200ft red rock plateau, UTAS's Hurricane Mesa facility has hosted ejection seat tests since the dawn of the Cold War in 1954. The hardscrabble land is home to a forest of pinyon pines, a scattering of Native American artefacts, such as abandoned fire pits and broken clay pottery, and a 3,660m (12,000ft)-long ejection test track.

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Topics: In The News

U.S. Air Force chooses Boeing/Saab team to provide new T-X training jets

Posted by The ACES 5 Team on Sep 27, 2018 4:23:00 PM

After a spirited competition, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) has selected the Boeing/Saab team to provide 350 state-of-the-art T-X trainer aircraft and associated ground-based training systems. The T-X trainer will replace the aging fleet of USAF Northrop T-38 Talon aircraft, and will provide USAF aircrew unprecedented basic and advanced training capabilities: integrated ground-airborne training missions; modern high-G, high-angle-of-attack fighter tactics; nighttime tactics; and beyond-visual-range maneuvers.

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Topics: Execution

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