Boeing [NYSE: BA] today delivered leading-edge display and flight-management software for the 737, the world`s best-selling airplane, that promise to reduce flight delays and enhance flight-crew efficiency.
The new flight-deck technologies are the Vertical Situation Display (VSD), Navigation Performance Scales (NPS) and Integrated Approach Navigation (IAN).
The Vertical Situation Display shows the current and predicted flight path of the airplane and indicates potential conflicts with terrain.
The Navigation Performance Scales minimizes flight delays and increases airspace capacity by allowing the airplane to navigate through a narrower flight path with higher accuracy. NPS uses vertical and horizontal indicators to provide precise position awareness on the primary flight displays.
The Integrated Approach Navigation enhances current airplane landing approach capability by simplifying pilot procedures and potentially reducing the number of approach procedures pilots have learned in training.
“These new features enable Boeing to continue its leadership role in offering technology that brings value to our customers and makes the 737 the most capable airplane in the world`s single-aisle market,” said Carolyn Brandsema, 737 chief engineer.
The three features were part of a suite of new and emerging flight-deck technologies unveiled last year on the 737-900 Technology Demonstrator airplane. One of the features, NPS, was certified on a Malev Hungarian Airlines 737-700, which is due to begin operating tomorrow.
Boeing is committed to providing the capabilities across its product line. Timing will be dependent on both market interest and airplane model development plans. In addition, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services offers after-market solutions for these features on the newer 737s only.
The 737 family alone has won more orders than exists in the entire product line of its biggest competitor. As of December 2002, Boeing had orders for 5,177 737s and had delivered to 214 operators in more than 100 countries around the world.
For more information about the 737, go to http://www.boeing.com/commercial/737family/