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Honeywell Technology Helps Pilots Avoid Hail And Lightning, Improving Passenger Safety And Comfort
Aug 15, 2012 (06:08 PM EDT)
Major upgrade of Honeywell IntuVue 3-D Weather Radar helps increase pilot in-flight situational awareness and improves decision-making around adverse weather
PHOENIX, Aug. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE:HON) has unveiled the latest updates to its IntuVue 3-D Weather Radar, which include new capabilities to detect turbulence, hail and lightning, up to 10 minutes in advance of approaching storm cells in the flight path of the aircraft.
Previously, pilots could not readily anticipate which storms in their flight path had either hail or lightning, or which storms contained turbulence at a long range. With this upgrade, flight crews are now better equipped to avoid hail, lightning, turbulence and other severe weather to keep flights on time, passengers safe and comfortable, and avoid potential aircraft damage.
According to the FAA, inclement weather accounts for almost 70 percent of all aircraft delays1 and cost the U.S. economy alone more than $18 billion in 20082. Turbulence-related incidents cost airlines, on average, approximately $200,000 per incident according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
Benefits of the IntuVue Upgrade
Supporting Honeywell Quotes
"Until now, aircraft damage and unstable flights resulting from hail and lightning were problems airlines and passengers had to accept. This new radar upgrade empowers pilots to avoid storm cells that have the potential to produce hail and lightning, spot turbulence earlier, and identify the precise location of heavy rain clouds to maximize passenger comfort and safety."
"The IntuVue was designed from the ground up to provide pilots with superior information about the location of true weather threats, such as hail and lightning, relative to their aircraft. The much simplified weather information and radar operation results in reduced pilot workload levels compared to other radar systems, thus allowing the flight crew to focus on flying the aircraft safely."
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1 From FAA Press Release: http://www.faa.gov/news/fact_sheets/news_story.cfm?newsId=10261