Thu, Mar 10, 2005
Rockwell Collins has
announced that Lufthansa CityLine recently performed its first low
visibility take-off using Rockwell Collins Flight Dynamics Head-Up
Guidance System (HGS). The Bombardier CRJ200 was taking off from
Milan’s Malpensa airport under foggy conditions.
The reported visibility was below 150 meters runway visual range
(RVR), which is normally required for take-off at Malpensa. With
HGS, Lufthansa CityLine can take-off in visibility conditions as
low as 75 meters RVR.
Lufthansa CityLine operates a fleet of 43 CRJ 200 and 20 CRJ 700
aircraft, which are all equipped with the Rockwell Collins Flight
Operational approval for the low-visibility take-off capability
was granted by the Luftfahrtbundesamt on Oct. 31, 2004. Sixty-eight
airports in Europe are now capable of supporting low visibility
situation in Northern Europe in general and Northern Italy in
particular can be challenging for the airline industry. Any airline
that can operate in reduced visibility conditions will have a
competitive advantage. That’s why we like the Head-up
Guidance System. It allows our jets to take off when the others
can’t,” said Captain Raimund F. Neuhold, Area Captain
for Lufthansa CityLine in Hamburg.
The HGS is an innovative system that redefines the interface
between the pilot and the aircraft. By projecting the necessary
flight guidance information onto a glass combiner directly in the
forward field of view of the pilot, the system enables
manually-flown landings down to a minimum visibility of 200 meters
(Category III) in addition to low-visibility take-offs.
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