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Rockwell Collins delivers 500th HGS to Southwest Airlines


Rockwell Collins announced it has delivered its 500th Head-up Guidance System (HGS®) to Southwest Airlines.

“In our 15-year relationship with Southwest Airlines, our HGS systems - which are present on the entire fleet - have enabled Cat IIIa landing performance while providing enhanced situational awareness, operational efficiency and touchdown precision,” said John Desmond, vice president, HGS for Rockwell Collins. “We are proud that our relationship with Southwest Airlines continues to grow and flourish because of the proven capabilities of our HGS systems on their fleet.”
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“This is a significant milestone for our fleet,” said Chuck Magill, vice president of Flight Operations for Southwest Airlines. “The HGS installations have been an important part of Southwest’s continuous efforts to provide our customers with a reliable and efficient operation.”

The HGS-4000 system, which is installed on the Southwest Airlines newest 737-700 aircraft, continues to gain popularity in the airline segment. Features of the HGS-4000 include runway remaining, tailstrike avoidance and unusual attitude recovery. The HGS-4000 also has an Instrument Landing System (ILS) anomaly detect feature which will filter out ILS disturbances during the final approach phase. It will also aid Southwest Airlines in flying GPS based approaches to lower than standard Cat I minima in the future.


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