China Eastern Airlines places major order for Rockwell Collins' Head-up Guidance System
Rockwell Collins’ market-leading Head-up Guidance System (HGS™) has been selected by China Eastern Airlines for 58 new Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2013.
Rockwell Collins’ HGS displays critical flight information in the pilot's forward field-of-view, eliminating the need for the pilot to repeatedly transition to the head-down instruments. As a result, pilots can keep their attention focused on the outside world, enhancing overall situational awareness and safety.
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“We are very honored by China Eastern’s selection of our HGS, which brings significant operational benefits to the airline,” said TC Chan, vice president and managing director, Asia Pacific for Rockwell Collins. “With HGS, China Eastern will now have access to lower landing minima at approved airports throughout China, which means greater probability of landing during low-visibility conditions.”
Currently there are seven airports throughout China approved for lower landing minima by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for aircraft equipped with authorized head-up displays (HUDs) such as Rockwell Collins’ HGS, including Beijing, Shanghai Pudong, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xi’an, Qingdao and Jinan. There are 58 additional airports scheduled to be approved for lower landing minima in the next two years. Rockwell Collins was the first company to certify a HUD for this operation.
The recognized enhanced efficiency and safety benefits of HUDs have led to a larger initiative by the CAAC to encourage airlines to install the technology on their fleets in the coming years. The recently released “China HUD Application Roadmap” calls for ten percent of capable in-service airline fleets to be equipped with HUD by 2015, and on all airline aircraft where a HUD is offered by 2025.
With more than 5,100 Head-up Guidance Systems delivered to date, Rockwell Collins leads the commercial head-up display market segment. Thirty-seven airlines across 23 countries operate the company’s HGS every day, along with hundreds of corporate and military transport aircraft operators around the world.
Source : Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL)