has selected Rockwell Collins to provide the entire suite of displays, autopilot, communication, navigation,
surveillance, maintenance, emergency and data management systems for its new 747-8
family. The 747-8 is scheduled to enter into service in late 2009.
A key feature of the avionics suite is the Rockwell Collins WXR-2100 MultiScan Hazard Detection
System. The radar analyzes and determines actual weather hazards, not simply atmospheric moisture content. It
is a fully automatic, hands-free airborne radar system with more than four years of proven operational experience. The
WXR-2100 reduces pilot workload and enhances safety and passenger comfort by minimizing unexpected turbulence
encounters, while providing optimal clutter-free weather detection from the nose of the airplane to 320 nautical miles
The display system, featuring Rockwell Collins DU-7001 LCD displays, will be upgraded to include many of the
advanced features found on the Boeing 777, such as an electronic checklist with cursor control panel, navigation
performance scales and vertical situation displays.
The autopilot and navigation systems provided by Rockwell Collins will be enhanced with GPS Landing System
functionality, providing added value to the customer and supporting future airspace capacity enhancements.
Other equipment that Rockwell Collins will be providing includes: Communication Management Unit, Satellite
Communications System, VHF and HF transceivers, VHF Omnidirectional Radio, Distance Measuring Equipment,
Automatic Direction Finder, Multi Mode Receiver, Mode S Transponder, Cockpit Voice Recorder, Flight Data Recorder,
Emergency Locator Transmitter, Flight Deck Printer and the Data Management Unit.
Boeing launched the new 747-8 Intercontinental passenger airplane and the 747-8 Freighter on
November 14, 2005. Since
launch, the program has secured firm orders for 24 747-8 Intercontinentals and 54 747-8 Freighters.
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