(26 Aug 2021)
Honeywell’s IntuVue RDR-7000 Weather Radar System has
been certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency
Designed for business jets, the RDR-7000
makes flying more
comfortable and safer by helping pilots more easily avoid weather
delays and turbulence.
EASA’s certification comes not long after
Honeywell received certification from the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) in the United States.
The RDR-7000 is now certified for
use on Global Express/XRS/5000, Dassault Falcon 900A/B, Dassault
Falcon EX/LX/EASy, Textron Citation X, Leonardo AW139 (short
nose), Cessna Citation Encore/Ultra/Bravo, Lockheed C-130
Hercules, and other aircraft.
“Achieving EASA certification for the RDR-7000
will ensure our business aviation and helicopter operators get the
very best in technology,” said Nadya Krisko, senior director,
Business and General Aviation, EMEAI, Honeywell Aerospace.
“Operators of these aircraft can now purchase and install the
RDR-7000 on their aircraft and take advantage of the system’s
safety and operational benefits, including predictive hail,
predictive lightning, extended turbulence detection range and
forward-looking windshear for aircraft with 18-inch antennas.”
The automated, hands-free operation of the
RDR-7000 Weather Radar System means no manual tilt or gain
adjustments are required. Additionally, the RDR-7000 automatically scans from the
ground to 60,000 feet and as far as 320 nautical miles ahead and incorporates the most advanced
using patented 3D Volumetric Buffer technology.
Using 3-D volumetric scanning techniques, the
system analyses storm clouds and looks for conditions that could
potentially produce lightning, hail, turbulence, or windshear, and
displays them for the flight crew.
The RDR-7000 also can determine
if a second storm front is lurking behind the initial system. The
longer and more accurate turbulence detection range provides
flight crews with as much as six to ten minutes to react to
approaching turbulence, so they can alert passengers or
potentially navigate around it.
A Terrain Database is also loaded into the
RDR-7000 internal memory that allows ground returns to be removed
from pilots’ displays, further reducing the potential of
displaying confusing or irrelevant information while in weather
As an added benefit, when ground map mode is selected, the
weather return information can be removed from the display,
providing pilots with ground return information only.
The Honeywell RDR-7000 retrofit program offers
numerous incentives for incorporation, including software package
incentives, trade-in credits for old radar units, and Maintenance
Service Plan Avionics incentives in the first year when a new
three-year contract is signed
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