Honeywell’s IntuVue RDR-7000 weather radar system for business jets and helicopters recently received EASA approval. The 3D weather radar unit received FAA TSO certification in July last year, and since then the agency has STC’d it for more than a dozen business aircraft platforms, including the Dassault Falcon 900A/C/EX/LX; Bombardier Learjet 40/45, 600-series Challengers, and Global 5000/XRS/Express; Cessna Citation Bravo, Encore, Ultra and X; and Leonardo AW139.
Features of the fully automated, 3D radar include scanning from zero up to 60,000 feet and up to 320 nm in front of the aircraft. Additionally, it can predict windshear up to five nautical miles ahead, turbulence up to 60 nm ahead, and the presence of hail and lightning up to 160 nm in front of the aircraft with 93 percent accuracy.
“Achieving EASA certification for the RDR-7000 will ensure our business aviation and helicopter operators get the very best in technology,” said Nadya Krisko, Honeywell Aerospace’s senior director of business and general aviation in the EMEAI region. “Operators of these aircraft can now purchase and install the RDR-7000 on their aircraft and take advantage of the system’s safety and operational benefits, including predictive hail, predictive lightning, extended turbulence detection range, and forward-looking windshear for aircraft with 18-inch antennas.”