DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 18 Nov. 2009. Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced that its IntuVue 3-D advanced weather radar and seven other avionics products were selected by PT. Garuda Indonesia (Persero). Honeywell made the announcement this week at the Dubai Air Show.
The products will be standard on 25 B737-800 aircraft delivered between mid 2009 and 2011. The contract, valued at more than $28 million, includes an option for 25 additional aircraft.
The total avionics package includes Honeywell's IntuVue; partial Quantum™ line of communication and navigation sensors comprising Multi Mode Receiver (MMR), Radio Altimeter and Automatic Direction Finder (ADF); the CAS 100 aircraft collision avoidance system, solid-state data recorders and voice recorders, Flight Data Acquisition and Management System (FDAMS), airborne data loader, the cockpit data printer and the Automatic Fixed Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT).
"The selection of IntuVue is a testament to PT. Garuda Indonesia's emphasis on safety," says Mike Madsen, vice president, Airlines, Honeywell Aerospace. "Honeywell's IntuVue weather radar is leading the industry in turbulence and wind shear detection, a key component of safety related incidents. It is important we solve our airline partner needs with equipment that helps them increase safety and reduce operating costs."
IntuVue is the first fully automatic weather radar system certified to the FAA's Enhanced Turbulence Detection Minimum Operation Performance Standard (MOPS), improving pilots' ability to see and avoid weather, wind shears, and turbulence sooner. Specific turbulence-related injuries cost the airline industry more than $100 million a year.
IntuVue is the only commercial radar that displays storms in three-dimensions at as many as 320 nautical miles ahead of the aircraft and key analysis tools which allow pilots to dissect and analyze weather and hazards both vertically and horizontally. These features have demonstrated a significant improvement for in-flight weather-related decisions, and more than a 45 percent improvement in turbulence detection, enabling pilots' to optimally reroute around or through weather for passenger safety and comfort while decreasing fuel burn. Besides enhanced safety, IntuVue offers improved reliability and reduces system weight to lower operating costs for operators. IntuVue increases system reliability by 50 percent, reduces maintenance costs by 30 percent, and reduces weight by 25 percent as compared to other radars — yielding airlines a $10,000 per year savings over existing systems, Honeywell officials say.
Honeywell's IntuVue is certified and flying on the Boeing 777 and 737NG as buyer furnished equipment and is standard equipment on the Airbus A380. It will become available on the A320 family in 2010 and the A330 family in 2011. It is specified as standard equipment on the Gulfstream 650 and Airbus A350 when they enter service.
The Flight Data Acquisition & Management System (FDAMS) is a multi-function airborne Line Replaceable Unit (LRU) that collects and sends mandatory aircraft data to the flight recorder.
Honeywell's Quantum line of navigation radios, sensors, receivers, and communication equipment is derived from more than 75 years of communication and navigation system development experience.
Honeywell's Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs) are simple to operate and provide advanced transmission reliability. They offer global satellite coverage and automatic activation.
Together, this suite of avionics equipment increases safety while reducing pilot workload, operating costs and maintenance costs for the airlines, company officials say.