Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Horizon Air Bombardier Q400* and CRJ700* aircraft equipped with the Rockwell Collins/Flight Dynamics Head-up Guidance System (HGS) have been approved for Category III (Cat. III) weather operations.
Cat. III with Rollout Guidance permits Bombardier Q400 and CRJ700 landings with a runway visual range (RVR) of 600 feet at the touchdown zone and 400 feet at mid-field.
“The Bombardier CRJ700 and Q400 were the first of the new-generation 70-seat regional aircraft to reach the marketplace, and now they are first to land and take-off in such low visibility conditions,” said Steven A. Ridolfi, president, Bombardier Regional Aircraft. “This adds tremendous value to our aircraft for airlines operating in areas where such weather conditions will otherwise cause flight cancellations or delays.”
Perry Solmonson, Horizon Air’s manager of flight operations technology and air traffic, said a “significant” number of flights are completed because of Cat. III capability and, in fact, a Bombardier Q400 completed three Cat. III approaches the day after HGS was approved for operation.
“You must bear in mind that the ability to complete a Cat. III approach is only one piece of the puzzle,” Mr. Solmonson said. “HGS is a valuable tool throughout the flight regime.”
Mr. Solmonson also added that HGS is useful during night visual approaches where there is no electronic glideslope or Visual Approach Slope Indicator System (VASI); it provides lower than standard weather minima at Cat. I facilities; it provides excellent information for energy management for enroute descent planning; it is good for wake turbulence avoidance because the pilot can see where his flight path will be in relation to a preceding aircraft; it provides take-off guidance down to 300 RVR; and it permits excellent speed control after take-off or during climb in the event of an engine failure.
Bombardier Aerospace, a unit of Bombardier Inc., is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative aviation products and provides services for the regional, business and amphibious aircraft markets. It also offers Bombardier Flexjet* and Bombardier Skyjet* business aircraft programs, technical services, and aircraft maintenance and pilot training for business, regional airline and military customers.
Bombardier Inc., a diversified manufacturing and services company, is a world-leading manufacturer of business jets, regional aircraft, rail transportation equipment and motorized recreational products. It also provides financial services and asset management in business areas aligned with its core expertise. Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, the Corporation has a workforce of some 75,000 people and manufacturing facilities in 25 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2003 stood at $23.7 billion Cdn. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F).
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