Posted by John McHale
FARNBOROUGH, England 23 July 2010 Virgin Atlantic selected Rockwell Collins to provide avionics equipment including a new released digital radio altimeter for Virgin's fleet of 10 A330-300 aircraft. Deliveries of the fleet of 10 aircraft are scheduled to begin in spring 2011. Virgin Atlantic will be the launch customer for Rockwell Collins new Digital Low Range Altimeter (DLRA) LRA-2100. The DLRA system uses digital signal processing to gauge the aircraft's height above terrain. This newly developed system provides improved accuracy, especially over challenging terrain and objects on approach. The smaller, lighter unit is a drop-in replacement for the LRA-900.
Additional avionics selected include: the Rockwell Collins MultiScan Hazard Detection system and advanced GLU-925 Multi-Mode Receiver (MMR), which provides the aircraft's primary position, velocity, and time reference.
"Virgin Atlantic's selection of Rockwell Collins equipment is as a result of a rigorous and thorough selection process. The combination of technical excellence, coupled with an appealing commercial position, has secured the ongoing partnership between Virgin Atlantic and Rockwell Collins, and secured the best solution for the selected avionics package," says Sean Swain, general manager, Supply Chain for Virgin Atlantic.