Engineer of the Year winner leads marquee program on the Airbus A320

Frederic Trincal 2018 Engineer of the Year recipient

Frederic Trincal’s father is a technology teacher, so he grew up working on and solving technical problems. Today, he’s solving problems and finding creative solutions for Rockwell Collins. In fact, he was recently named a Rockwell Collins Engineer of the Year corporate winner for International & Service Solutions.Click to enlarge

Frédéric Trincal never gets bored working on the Flight Operations and Maintenance Exchanger (FOMAX) program. It’s easy to see why.

FOMAX is the aerospace industry’s first connected aircraft solution on a mass produced commercial aircraft – the Airbus A320. Trincal is responsible for the end-to-end systems architecture development of FOMAX, including the design of the airborne and ground components.

One day he might be working out technical challenges with the hardware team, the next day with the security group, and another day with the ground network connectivity team. Plus, he interfaces regularly with the Rockwell Collins customer.

He’s proven to be the right person for the job. His breadth and depth of knowledge enables him to converse expertly in the various domains. Plus, he capably handles questions from Airbus.

“Every day brings new challenges. We’re building an entire system with a wide range of technologies,” Trincal said. “When problems arise, we have to solve them in a way that satisfies both Airbus and Rockwell Collins.”

For his role leading the pursuit, development and implementation of FOMAX, Trincal has been named the 2017 Rockwell Collins Engineer of the Year for International and Service Solutions. He is one of three engineers to be named a corporate winner.

Digital transformation
FOMAX is part of Airbus’s digital transformation of the A320 aircraft. The systems architecture design, led by Trincal, enables the new Airbus Skywise service. Skywise gathers real-time data in all phases of a flight and securely sends it to Airbus and the airlines. Analytics from the data can be used to improve aircraft and airline operations.

In addition, FOMAX enables introduction of a growing number of applications used by flight crews, flight operations and maintenance departments in areas including weather, flight planning and maintenance prediction. This capability will provide improved productivity to airline operations.

This solution requires advanced technologies from Commercial Systems, Information Management Services, International & Service Solutions, and Operations. From the pursuit to the implementation, Trincal has been the “glue” holding together more than 80 experts located at Rockwell Collins facilities in six cities and two countries.

A dark horse in the competition
The pursuit alone took two years, and Trincal had a key role as part of the team that went through lengthy strategy sessions and four rounds of proposals.

“The competition for the award was aggressive,” he said. “Airbus is a technically astute company. So, part of our strategy was to bring together technical experts from Airbus and Rockwell Collins to show them we have the right technologies and skills to do the job.”

When Rockwell Collins received the FOMAX award, there was little time to celebrate. The Airbus schedule called for entry into service less than a year later.

“There’s still a lot of work to do,” Trincal said. “We expect FOMAX to be in service on the A320 in May. That will be an exciting achievement for our company.”

The achievement is also exciting in that it’s Rockwell Collins’s first line fit position on the A320 – the highest production rate aircraft in the world with roughly 600 airplanes produced a year. Plus, there’s a significant aftermarket opportunity with the thousands of A320 airplanes already flying.

In addition, the award positions Rockwell Collins as a leader in the commercial industry that’s moving toward a connected aviation system.

Sharing the honor
Trincal is honored to be named Engineer of the Year, and he’s thankful to Rockwell Collins for the opportunity to work on this marquee program. He shares the recognition with his entire team.

“A single individual cannot accomplish this,” he said. “I’m fortunate I get to work with such a talented, hardworking team.”

Trincal credits his father for inspiring him at a young age to become an engineer.

“My father is a technology teacher, so I grew up working on and solving technical problems,” he said. “Here I am today, getting to solve problems and find creative solutions on this very interesting and very complex program.”

Story posted: March 28, 2018

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