Rockwell Collins Unveils Weather Radar Technology

Rockwell Collins, an avionics and IT systems company, recently unveiled their all-new MultiScan Threat Track weather radar, which is now able to provide atmospheric threat assessment capabilities for air transport aircraft, a feat that is unprecedented. In addition to increasing safety and efficiency, the system’s advanced capabilities are able to predict hail and lightning within a thunderstorm cell, which alerts pilots to potential threats. The system is able to warn the aircraft which storm cells will be in the aircraft’s flight path.Furthermore, this new technology features turbulence protection, both in severe and ride-quality. Rockwell Collins is working with Boeing on the project and has American Airlines on board to debut the radar on its new Boeing 737 fleet, assisting in the rigorous flight testing that is required. Statistics as per the NASA Weather Accident Prevention Project indicates that over the past several decades, there have been averages of 750 encounters involving aircraft and turbulence, resulting in a cost of $30-$60 million per year in the industry and $28,000 to $167,000 per incident. This certified airborne weather radar is expected to drastically mitigate these costs.

As of 2015, Rockwell Collins has begun to take this technology even further, although cautiously optimistic, in testing whether its commercial weather radar can map a physical environment around a runway. This would boost pilots’ situational awareness and greatly assist in low visibility flights. Rockwell Collins is a US-based company that services government agencies as well as aircraft manufacturers. Founded in 1933, it is now publicly-traded and generates a reported $4.61 billion in annual revenue. It currently has approximately 20,000 employees around the world. The current operational divisions are as follows: Commercial Systems (CS), Government Systems (GS), International and Service Solutions (I&SS), and Information Management Solutions (IMS). These specific divisions service everything from the commercial airline industry to business aircraft as well as the US military. ASAP AOG is the premier distributor of all types of Rockwell Collins parts that support both commercial and US military applications. We carry a comprehensive inventory of parts as well as the database and procurement capabilities to help you meet all your requirements. Contact us today at .


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