China Southern Airlines has selected the Dual
Head Up Displays (HUD) configuration from Thales across 30 of its
new Airbus A320s, alongside the Thales Flight Management System
and LRRARadio altimeter.
The order represents the largest contract
for HUDs and the first ever for a dual configuration system since
the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) made it mandatory for
all Chinese registered aircraft to be equipped with HUDs (single
HUD configuration is the minimum requirement).
The dual configuration developed
by Thales, and certified by Airbus in early 2015 is a clear step
forward compared to a single configuration as it provides
information to both pilots.
With eyes focused outside, viewing the
presentation of flight path, acceleration, visual glide slope
angle and the runway aim point, both pilot and co-pilot can
achieve greater precision and situational awareness at all times
and are able to interact with one another with the same level of
information during the critical phases of the flight, especially
in low visibility conditions.
"As skies become more congested, Head Up
Displays are becoming a mainstay for pilots. China is leading the
world in adopting this technology and Thales has invested
considerable efforts in developing the most highly performing HUD
on the market. This latest contract is the culmination of our
efforts and we look forward to working together with longstanding
customers like China Southern," said Daniel Malka , Thales VP,
Avionics Services Worldwide.
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