October 3, 2008

Norwegian Air Shuttle Selects Rockwell Collins Avionics for Boeing 737NG Fleet

Norwegian Air Shuttle has selected Rockwell Collins, a developer of communication and aviation electronic solutions, to provide avionics for 42 Boeing 737NG aircraft with an option for an additional 42 aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2009.

Rockwell Collins's WXR-2100 MultiScan radar analyzes and determines actual weather hazards. MultiScan is claimed to be a fully automatic, hands-free airborne radar system with more than four years of operational experience that reduces pilot workload and enhances safety and passenger comfort by minimizing unexpected turbulence encounters.

The MultiScan system provides optimal clutter-free weather detection from the nose of the aircraft to 320 nautical miles, according to Rockwell Collins.

The suite of avionics selected by Norwegian Air Shuttle also includes automatic direction finder ADF-900, direction finding antenna DFA-901, distance measuring equipment DME-900, high frequency data radio HFS-900D, coupling unit CPL-920D, GPS landing unit GLU-925, passenger address unit PAU-700, low-range radio altimeter LRA-900, very high frequency transceiver VHF-2100, VHF omni-directional range-marker beacon receiver VOR-900 and the traffic alert collision avoidance system.

Tomas Hesthammer, director of flight operations at Norwegian Air Shuttle, said: "This equipment represents a huge step in radar technology and is a modern and future oriented choice for us. With this system we will further increase flight safety and the passengers' comfort in connection with flights in bad weather."