Posted by John McHaleZHUHAI, China 15 Nov. 2010. Shandong Airlines, using a Rockwell Collins Head-Up Guidance System (HGS), won approval for lower landing minima at standard Category I (CAT I) airports in China by the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC). The initial approval is for operations at Qingdao Airport with other airports in China to follow in the near future. The decision follows successful flight trials that took place last month with Shandong Airlines, which will be the first Chinese airline to take advantage of the new lower landing minima. The CAT I minima reduction enables HGS operators to complete CAT I Instrument Landing System (ILS) approaches with Runway Visual Range (RVR) of 450 meters and to Decision Height (DH) of 45 meters at Qingdao, compared with a previous RVR of 550 meters and a DH of 60 meters. Rockwell Collins HGS displays critical flight information in the pilot's forward field-of-view, eliminating the need for the pilot to repeatedly transition between the head-down instruments and the forward view through the windshield. As a result, pilots can keep their attention focused on the outside world, enhancing overall pilot situational awareness and safety."HGS has played a key role in enhancing flight safety and improving the quality of our flights at Shandong Airlines," says Guoqiang Zeng, president of Shandong Airlines. "With the CAAC's approval of HGS for lower landing minima, we look forward to improvements in flight punctuality in low visibility weather at Qingdao Airport, one of our main bases."In 2009, a study conducted by the Flight Safety Foundation found that head-up guidance system technology, such as Rockwell Collins' HGS, could have prevented or positively influenced 69 percent of all commercial aircraft takeoff and landing accidents that occurred over the past 13 years. A complete copy of the study is available at http://flightsafety.org/files/hgs_nov09.pdf. For more information on HGS technology, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cwsuSQ-nVs.