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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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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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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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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Collins Aerospace to Start B-2A SSIP Seat Deliveries This Year

Posted by Pat Host, Jane's Defence Weekly on Jan 21, 2019 2:50:08 PM

Jane's Defence Weekly: United Technologies Corp to Start B-2A SSIP Ejection Seat Deliveries This Year

By Pat Host, January 11, 2019

United Technologies Corp (UTC) will start deliveries this year of its upgraded ejection seat for the
Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit bomber, according to a company spokesman.

UTC spokesman Alexander Killeffer said on 8 January that the company’s Advanced Conception
Ejection Seat II (ACES II) Safety and Sustainment Improvement Program (SSIP) seat will also start
production in 2019. Qualification testing of the seat, which was comprised of eight sled tests along
with more than 700 subsystem tests, wrapped up in January 2018.

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Meet Lois: She’s ridden in more than 250 cockpit sleds at speeds as high as Mach 1 - And she’s still going

Posted by Jack Reed on Sep 17, 2018 10:39:00 AM

There’s only one thing on the horizon when you’re driving toward Zion National Park from St. George, in southwestern Utah, a formidable mass rising from the flat landscape known as Hurricane Mesa. It is capped by the only private supersonic-capable aircraft ejection test track in the United States, owned and operated by UTC Aerospace Systems. It’s here where LOIS has worked the test track for decades, along with LARD and their grandfather “Hurricane Sam,” who set a world land-speed record of 1,800 miles per hour at the site. Of course LOIS, LARD, and Sam are anthropomorphic test dummies whose main objective is to simulate human ejections from an aircraft at various speeds and record test data through a series of high-precision sensors.

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Tested. Proven. Chosen. Watch the ACES 5 ejection seat leverage 360⁰ of protection

Posted by The ACES 5 Team on Jul 12, 2018 1:25:07 PM

The latest addition to the UTC Aerospace Systems family of Advanced Concept Ejection Seats, the ACES 5® incorporates significant safety and cost saving upgrades. Engineers have combined the unparalleled spinal safety performance of the ACES II® ejection seat with next-generation head, neck, and limb protection for all aviators. They have expanded the height and weight capacities for the seat so that the U.S. military can safely eject the broadest range of male and female aviators ever.

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What it takes to keep military aircrew safe, sitting in advanced ejection seats used around the world

Posted by John Fyfe on May 31, 2018 4:50:00 PM

Imagine you are piloting a B-2 Spirit a few years from now. Your bomber has experienced some type of catastrophic damage or system failure. You assess the situation—it’s clear that the aircraft is no longer flyable, and you and your co-pilot need to eject. You feel confident because of the trust you have in the ACES 5® ejection seat you are sitting in.

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How to protect aircrew when their helmets instantly become 70 pounds heavier

Posted by Jim Tulloch on May 14, 2018 9:55:00 AM

As you read this sentence, you are experiencing life at 1 G—gravity is pulling down on you at 32 feet per second squared. If you happen to be flying some aerobatics and executing a 3 G barrel roll right now, things are different. At 3 Gs, you’re feeling triple the pull on every pound of your body and whatever is attached to it. That means a 150-pound airman with 50 pounds of flight gear would experience 600 pounds of force. During an ejection, you would experience at least 8 G’s of force on your body. An additional ejection hazard is wind blast -- the magnitude of which approaches that of a Category 5 hurricane. 

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