Qantas Airways has agreed to purchase Rockwell Collins’ full avionics suite, including its Head-up Guidance System (HGS™), for five Next-Generation Boeing 737s. This marks a continuation of Qantas’ HGS use on its entire Next-Generation 737 fleet, which totals 70 aircraft.
Rockwell Collins HGS displays critical flight information in the pilot’s forward field of view, which keeps their attention focused on the outside world, enhancing overall situational awareness and safety. A Flight Safety Foundation study discovered that nearly 70 percent of the takeoff and landing accidents it researched could have been avoided had a HGS been utilized.
For more than 10 years, HGS has helped improve Qantas’ operational efficiency by providing better access to airports during low-visibility conditions and increasing fuel savings achieved by flying more stabilized approaches. Qantas takes full advantage of HGS’s RNP capability, which enables pilots to monitor and fly RNP while looking out the window.
“Rockwell Collins’ HGS provides an excellent enhancement to the pilot’s situational and energy awareness during all flight phases, but particularly during approach and landing,” said Capt. Alex Passerini, Qantas. “The accuracy with which the flight path can be monitored and maintained is quite remarkable. Advancements in regulatory credit for these capabilities further enhances the benefit HGS provides our operations.”
“Our proven and reliable avionics package, especially HGS, perfectly complements Qantas’s stellar reputation for safety and excellence,” said Colin Mahoney, senior vice president, International and Service Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “We look forward to continuing our game-changing work with this key Asia Pacific customer.”
The full Rockwell Collins avionics suite delivers state-of-the-art communication, navigation and surveillance systems for safe, efficient operations. Highlights include Rockwell Collins’ GLU-925 Multi-Mode Receiver (MMR) for precision GPS landings, MultiScan™ weather radar for detecting atmospheric threats and TTR-2100 Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance (TCAS II) and traffic computer system for avoiding other aircraft future ADS-B In applications.
Deliveries of Qantas’s new Boeing 737 fleet with Rockwell Collins avionics systems are expected to begin in July.
Source: Rockwell Collins
Date: Feb 12, 2014