Chengdu Airlines has selected Honeywell’s
IntuVue RDR-4000 3-D Weather Radar for its 50 newly purchased
Airbus A320 jets.
Chengdu Airlines will begin using the technology
on its first delivery in November 2015, allowing the airline to
improve routing decisions, reduce operating costs, improve flight
efficiency and ensure maximum passenger safety.
“As airlines including Chengdu Airlines are
anticipating the opportunities and growth challenges brought by
the One Belt, One Road initiative, they are looking for innovative
solutions to increase safety, while simultaneously lowering costs
and delays,” said Brian Davis, vice president, Airlines, Asia
Pacific, Honeywell Aerospace. “With the advanced IntuVue system,
Chengdu Airlines will have enhanced pilot awareness to proactively
avoid hazardous weather and virtually eliminate lightning strikes
and hail damage on its 50 new Airbus A320 aircraft.”
Honeywell says the IntuVue RDR-4000
3-D Weather Radar lowers the cost of operations by more than 35% through increased reliability, reduces maintenance costs
by more than 30%, and decreases system weight up to 30%, yielding a $10,000 per year, per aircraft savings.
As the first completely new weather radar system
developed in the past 20 years, the IntuVue Weather Radar builds and stores a 3-D image of the weather
ahead from real-time data captured by the radar, which
automatically scans and gathers data from ground level to 60,000
feet wingtip to wingtip and out to 320 nautical miles.
3-D image of storm cells makes it easier for pilots to more
accurately navigate around, or over, the storm cell and reduces
delays, turn-backs or diversions. In addition, features include
- Reducing the risk of encountering
hazardous events by actually predicting with high accuracy hail
and lightning, versus simply depicting the weather after it
develops. The radar also provides an increase in safety using the
most advanced predictive wind shear detection and alerting
capability with a detection range up to five nautical miles.
The industry’s longest turbulence detection capability of up to 60
nautical miles. At typical cruise speed this will enable the
pilots to give cabin crew and passengers warning approximately
eight to ten minutes before the aircraft reaches turbulence.
Rain Echo Attenuation Compensation Technique (REACT) is able to
indicate where further bad weather may be hidden behind storm
cells too dense for radar to penetrate. REACT also helps pilots
understand how far out from the aircraft severe storms are
located, helping them continue to plan a safe flight path.
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