China Southern selected a comprehensive package of Rockwell Collins avionics for 16 new Airbus A330 aircraft, signing the agreement in a ceremony at Airshow China 2012 in Zhuhai today. The deal includes Rockwell Collins’ MultiScan Threat Detection System; the GLU-925 Multi-Mode Receiver (MMR), the industry’s first MMR certified for precision landing using either satnav or instrument landing systems; and SAT-2100 satellite communications system.
Radio direction finder
The FAA plans to decommission the remaining 29 direction finders (DF) in Alaska unless the aviation industry raises specific objections. DF, first used before World War II, performs one simple function: telling its operator which direction a transmitted radio signal is strongest. A skilled DF operator could pinpoint the location of a lost aircraft. DF steers, as they’re called, have saved thousands of lives over the past 80 years. But now, replaced by more accurate technologies such as GPS and ADS-B, DF is seldom used.
Rockwell Collins (Booth Q79) has announced that China Eastern Airlines has selected a range of the company’s avionics to equip 50 Airbus A320 aircraft that are on order for delivery later this year. Separately, Hainan Airlines has ordered radars and other equipment for its fleet of 47 new A320s.
The FAA is proposing to decommission all 54 direction finders (DF) and associated DF approaches in all states other than Alaska. “DFs have been used sparingly over the last nine years and the equipment is beyond its useful life cycle,” the agency said.