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AirAsia selects Rockwell Collins’ MultiScan ThreatTrack? weather radar and avionics for 36 Airbus A320s
AirAsia has selected a comprehensive suite of Rockwell Collins communication, navigation and surveillance systems, including MultiScan ThreatTrack? weather radar and GLU-925 Multi-Mode Receiver (MMR), for 36 new Airbus A320s.

In addition, AirAsia is expanding its avionics maintenance agreement with Rockwell Collins to include its new Airbus A320 fleet. The companies entered into a long-term, flight-hour-based maintenance agreement for service of Rockwell Collins avionics on the airline’s new A320s, bringing the number of Rockwell Collins-serviced AirAsia aircraft to 211.

“We’re pleased that AirAsia continues to put its trust in us to deliver reliable, proven avionics solutions for their operations, all supported by our world-class service at a predictable cost,” said Colin Mahoney, senior vice president, International and Services Solutions for Rockwell Collins.

Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad said, “Rockwell Collins has always provided reliable service towards AirAsia and we are pleased to further expand our avionics maintenance agreement with them. We look forward to working further with Rockwell Collins and to a greater collaboration moving forward.”

MultiScan ThreatTrack goes beyond hail and lightning prediction within a thunderstorm cell and alerts pilots to these significant threats adjacent to or above the cell. In addition, the new radar is the first in the industry to feature two levels of turbulence detection—severe and ride-quality—which more accurately informs flight crews of the type of turbulence in their path. MultiScan ThreatTrack is expected to be certified on Airbus aircraft in 2015.

Rockwell Collins’ GLU-925 MMR enables airlines and operators to take advantage of evolving Required Navigation Performance (RNP)/Area Navigation (RNAV) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities. The GLU-925 fulfills the requirements for aircraft navigation position source, Category III Instrument Landing System (ILS), Category I Global Positioning Landing System (GLS), accessing RNP/RNAV airspace (down to RNP Authorization Required 0.1), and meets the GPS position and availability requirements for ADS-B Out mandates.


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