October 14, 2008

Aer Lingus Selects Rockwell Collins to Provide Avionics Suite

Ireland-based airline Aer Lingus has selected Rockwell Collins to provide a comprehensive suite of avionics, including the MultiScan weather radar, the GLU-920 multi-mode receiver and a full range of communication and navigation offerings, for installation on six Airbus A330 aircraft.

The deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2009. According to Rockwell Collins, its WXR-2100 MultiScan hazard detection system is the first and only radar that analyzes and determines actual weather hazards, not just atmospheric moisture content.

MultiScan is a hands-free airborne radar system that is claimed to reduce pilot workload and enhances safety and passenger comfort by minimizing unexpected turbulence encounters, and provides optimal clutter-free weather detection from the nose of the aircraft to 320 nautical miles.

Rockwell Collins said that the GLU-920 multi-mode receiver (MMR) is an integrated unit that provides the aircraft's primary position, velocity and time reference and enables precision landing capability. The advanced MMR also offers instrument landing system capability and high-integrity, satellite-based positioning for navigation and future landing functions.

Other Rockwell Collins equipment chosen by Aer Lingus includes the ADF-900 automatic direction finder, DME-900 distance measuring equipment, HFS-900D high frequency system, CPL-920D coupling unit, VHF-920 very high frequency transceiver, GNA-910 global navigation antenna, LRA-900 low-range radio altimeter, RAA-700, VOR-900 VHF omnidirectional radio receiver, and the SAT-906 satellite communications system.