Qantas Airways has selected a full suite of Rockwell Collins avionics for its new Boeing 737 fleet, with deliveries beginning in 2002. The 15 firm and 60 optional aircraft will include the new MultiScan weather radar as part of an integrated communication, navigation, safety and surveillance sensor package.

The Collins WXR-2100 MultiScan enhances safety by reducing the need for manual intervention.

The automatic performance of radar scan patterns using multiple-tilt angles and data processing reduces pilot workload and provides more complete information for weather hazard avoidance.

It doesn't require pilot adjustment of the radar tilt, and can warn flight crews of potentially dangerous windshear during takeoff and approach. Twelve of the world's leading airlines have recently selected MultiScan as part of the avionics packages for their new aircraft deliveries.

"The MultiScan radar has proven to be a differentiator in competitions for new aircraft avionics," says Steve Piller, vice-president and general manager, Rockwell Collins Air Transport Systems.

Source: Flight Daily News