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CAT IIIA NOW OFFERED ON de HAVILLAND DASH 8s

 CAT IIIA NOW OFFERED ON de HAVILLAND DASH 8s
 MUNICH, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Category III operations will be


available by mid-1994 to airlines flying de Havilland Dash 8 Series 100s, Bombardier Regional Aircraft officials announced here today at the European Regional Airline General Assembly. They said the Hughes-Flight Dynamics Head-Up Guidance System (HGS) has been selected for the regional airliner family.
 Category III operations allow airlines to operate in extremely limited weather conditions, virtually eliminating flight delays or in-flight diversions normally associated with low visibility. As a result, HGS-equipped airlines can often operate when others are grounded, gaining a competitive advantage through increased customer confidence and aircraft utilization, according to Tom Appleton, executive vice president, Bombardier Regional Aircraft Division.
 "For hub-and-spoke operators, especially, a weather-related delay, diversion or cancellation can severely disrupt airline efficiency. The increase in operating capability allowed by HGS can significantly reduce operating costs associated with downtime," Appleton says.
 HGS provides a wide-field-of-view holographic display directly in the pilot's normal line of vision. This head-up system combines the pilot's normal external view with all relevant instrumentation to eliminate eye movement or refocusing, providing precision flight-path awareness and control.
 The Flight Dynamics system is similar to that offered on the Canadair Regional Jet. It will display the inertial flight path, giving an instantaneous indication of where the aircraft is going. It also provides precise speed/acceleration control, a constant view of aircraft energy state and flare guidance for touchdown precision. It also allows pilots to concentrate on other traffic around congested airports or difficult terrain at more remote air fields.
 Launch customer for the Flight Dynamics Dash 8 package is Horizon Air of Seattle, Washington. Horizon, along with de Havilland, is working with Flight Dynamics towards certification of the system in the second quarter of 1994, and will then retrofit its fleet of 21 Dash 8 Series 100s.
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