Honeywell Announces Pegasus Airlines As 1st European Customer For IntuVue Weather Radar Upgrade

Honeywell Aerospace's (NYSE: HON) IntuVue 3-D Weather Radar Hazard Display Update V1.0 has been selected by Pegasus Airlines to maximize passenger safety and comfort.

Pegasus Airlines' selection of the upgrade brings new features, including hail and lightning prediction and the industry's longest turbulence detection range, to Europe for the first time following the system's certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Pegasus Airlines will also be able to reduce unscheduled maintenance costs and aircraft grounding through IntuVue's new features that simplify decision-making about re-routing and tactical manoeuvring around inclement weather. Honeywell will install the software upgrade across the airline's 42-strong, IntuVue-equipped Boeing 737 fleet over the next eight months.

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Benefits of the IntuVue Hazard Display Update V1.0
IntuVue offers an increase in system reliability by up to 45 percent, 30 percent lower maintenance costs and a 25 percent weight reduction compared with competing radars(1). IntuVue's 3-D volumetric buffer builds and stores a 3-D picture of the weather ahead from real-time data captured by the radar, which automatically scans and gathers data from ground-level to 60,000 feet and out to 320 nautical miles. This 3-D picture makes it easier for pilots to more accurately navigate around, or over, the storm cell and reduces delays, turn-backs or diversions. In addition, features of the new Hazard V1.0 upgrade include:

  • Predictive hail and lightning, which applies complex algorithms to data stored in the 3-D volumetric buffer to identify storm cells likely to generate such weather features. These are then displayed on the flight display over the respective storm as icons.
  • The industry's longest turbulence detection capability of up to 60 nautical miles. At typical cruise speed this will enable the pilots to give cabin crew and passengers prior warning approximately eight to 10 minutes before the aircraft reaches turbulence.
  • Rain Echo Attenuation Compensation Technique (REACT) is able to indicate where further bad weather may be hidden behind storm cells too dense for radar to penetrate. REACT also helps pilots understand how far out from the aircraft severe storms are located, helping them to continue to plan a safe flight path.

Supporting Quotes

John Ashton, Vice President, Airlines, Honeywell Aerospace EMEAI
"Receiving EASA certification and our first European customer for our IntuVue upgrade is testament to the industry's desire for an advanced weather radar system that provides pilots with more timely and superior information. Weather-related incidents continue to cost airlines significant amounts of money and impact the safety and comfort of passengers. Pegasus Airlines is mitigating this by flying the most advanced and capable weather radar on the market today."

Captain Kemal Mustafa Helvacioglu, Vice President, Safety, Pegasus Airlines
"Using advanced weather detection to give pilots the foresight to navigate the most efficient route around storms provides us with a number of competitive advantages. Most importantly, we can maximize the comfort and safety of our passengers, while also simultaneously improving on-time performance and maintaining our vision of innovating through technology. IntuVue is the weather radar most capable of supporting these objectives today."

Source: Honeywell International, Inc. (NYSE: HON)
Date: Feb 28, 2013