COUNTERINTUITIVE IS ONE WAY TO describe Rockwell Collins' decision to jump into the Level D full flight simulation market at this precarious point in time. But that's what the avionics heavyweight is doing, betting that a recessionary industry will afford it an opportunity, a chance to play catch-up in an arena dominated by CAE, Thales and Mechtronix. Worldwide Level D simulator sales "are about 50% of what they were last year," says Mechtronix President Xavier-Henri ...

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