Continuous innovation for aircrew safety

Posted by The ACES 5 Team on Apr 26, 2020 9:15:31 PM

For over 40 years, our mission has been to overcome the challenges of high-speed ejections, heavier helmets with helmet-mounted devices, and accommodating aircrew of all sizes. Continuous innovation is required to not only eject aircrew safely from their aircraft, but to bring them to the ground with the ability to walk away with little to no injuries.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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