Wednesday, January 10, 2018

How Honeywell’s weather radar system saves the day for pilots

Aircraft safety systems provider Honeywell Aerospace, which has to its credit JetWave hardware and the GoDirect Suite of services that assist pilots in flying, has now developed the RDR-4000 3D weather radar system – it uses volumetric 3D scanning and pulse compression technologies for vastly improved weather detection and predictive hazard warnings, providing an intelligent solution to pilots in harsh weather conditions. Neelu Khatri, President, Honeywell Aerospace, India, explains how its new innovation is helping pilots overcome weather-related challenges. Excerpts

How has technology changed over time to address the challenges faced by pilots?

In the past pilots relied on old-school paper charts for getting weather and terrain updates. Today, in the age of Google Maps and driverless cars, pilots should have the power of connectivity at their fingertips. With improved connectivity, pilots can communicate better with on-the-ground air traffic control and flight operators and gain access to technologies that provide an accurate and intuitive view of the weather. Recently developed technologies such as GoDirect Suite, developed in 2016, JetWave (2015) and Intuvue Weather Radar (2008), are helping airlines and aviation companies to integrate software with mechanical components of an aircraft, creating a more streamlined airplane that helps pilots make smarter and faster decisions.

How is Honeywell’s IntuVue RDR-4000 3D weather radar system different? How much training is required for a pilot to use this?

Crowd-sourced weather radar shares real-time data with pilots, be it on domestic or international routes. Only Honeywell’s IntuVue RDR-4000 3D weather radar system has the capabilities to enable Connected Radar. Radar innovations include the use of volumetric 3D scanning and pulse compression technologies that provide weather detection and unique predictive hazard warnings for lightning, hail, wind shear and turbulence. Predictive maintenance means airlines are alerted in advance regarding the failure of a part/engine, thereby virtually eliminating mechanical delays and helping pilots take measures at the earliest.

Is this technology homegrown, or in collaboration with other firms?

IntuVue RDR-4000 3D weather radar is a completely homegrown technology, which belongs to the Honeywell family of advanced weather radar systems. It is the first completely new radar design developed in the past 15 years, and is the only automatic radar that produces a three-dimensional, 180 degree display of weather from the ground up.
10/01/18 Salmanul Farisy/Business Line