Honeywell Announces New “IntuVue” Family of 3-D Weather Radar To Help Pilots Avoid Turbulence
IntuVue is First 3-D Radar in Business Aviation
New IntuVue Family to be Retrofittable in Other Business Aircraft
Honeywell IntuVue™ Is the Only Radar System to Provide 3-D Weather Capability, Helping Pilots Avoid Weather-Related Turbulence and Delays
NBAA, ORLANDO.- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today it is developing a family of business aviation radars, IntuVue, that offers flight crews the ability to detect and avoid previously unforeseen turbulence, wind shears and dangerous storm activity so they can make more informed route decisions, thereby increasing passenger comfort and safety while decreasing weather-related costs due to diversions, injuries and aircraft damages.
The first application of IntuVue in business aviation is the Gulfstream 650, and derivative IntuVue radars will be retrofittable and available in the next two years as future upgrade to existing fielded Honeywell Primus® radars.
Nearly 180,000 business jet flights are delayed due to the weather each year. Honeywell’s IntuVue advanced weather radar technology enables pilots to see and avoid turbulence sooner to improve passenger safety and reduce operating costs. The volumetric scanning and 3-D display technology automatically shows the weather along the flight plan, while also allowing pilots to see all the weather in front of and behind the aircraft.
“Weather related delays cost the business jet industry over $340 million each year,” said Robert Wilson, Honeywell’s Business and General Aviation President. “With Honeywell’s IntuVue weather radar as standard equipment, operators can expect to significantly reduce operating costs while making air travel more comfortable and secure. Operators using IntuVue weather radar in commercial aircraft are experiencing 50% fewer turbulence-related incidents compared to existing business and general aviation radars.”
IntuVue is the first radar to offer predictive windshear detection and alerting for aircraft with smaller antenna sizes. This is made possible due to advanced signal processing and an innovative 45 degree polarized antenna that more effectively reject false signals from the ground.
IntuVue is the first and only fully automatic weather radar system certified to the FAA’s Enhanced Turbulence Detection Minimum Operation Performance Standard, enabling pilots to see and avoid turbulence sooner.
IntuVue is the only commercial radar utilizing pulse compression for greater accuracy at longer range, a technology used previously only in military radars. This technology enables improved in-flight decisions by providing tools to view storms in three-dimensions at up to 320 nautical miles ahead of the aircraft, with no loss of resolution, which allows optimum re-routing around or through weather that can help reduce fuel burn up to 11%.
Compared to legacy radar systems, IntuVue’s slim design and high reliability reduce operating costs by 53%, reduces weight by 25% and reduces maintenance cost by 30%.
The IntuVue model RDR4000 is standard equipment on the Airbus A380 and will also be standard on the A350 when it enters service. The radar is also certified and flying on the B777, B737NG, C-17, KHI C-X, C-130 and will be available in 2010 on the A320, 330, and 340.
Honeywell International is a $38 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For additional information, please visit www.honeywell.com.
Based in Phoenix, Honeywell’s $12 billion aerospace business is a leading global provider of integrated avionics, engines, systems and service solutions for aircraft manufacturers, airlines, business and general aviation, military, space and airport operations.
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