|MultiScan ThreatTrack radar detecting inferred lightning and hail. Photo: Rockwell Collins|
[Avionics Magazine 10-19-2016] Rockwell Collins’ MultiScan ThreatTrack weather radar is now available as an aftermarket upgrade for Airbus A320 and A330 families of aircraft. The system was recently certified for retrofit installation for these platforms through an Airbus service bulletin.
“Through a relatively simple hardware and software upgrade from Airbus and Rockwell Collins, airlines with A320 and A330 aircraft that have the previous generation of our MultiScan weather radar can take advantage of ThreatTrack’s new benefits,” said Thierry Tosi, vice president and general manager of service solutions for Rockwell Collins, noting that these upgrades can enable more precise navigation around storms and better fuel consumption.
MultiScan ThreatTrack uses Track While Scan technology to automatically track each cell, perform in-depth analysis through dedicated vertical scans, and alert pilots to significant convective threats of lightning, hail, and turbulence — both those within the cell and expanded threat areas adjacent to or above a storm. In addition, ThreatTrack features two levels of turbulence detection: severe and ride quality, which more accurately inform flight crews of the type of turbulence in their path.