ABC Avi­a­tion

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SEAT­TLE. Boe­ing and the Ja­pan Aero­space Ex­plo­ration Agency ( JAXA) will flight- test Lon­grange Light De­tec­tion and Rang­ing (LIDAR) tech­nol­ogy next year. This re­mote-sens­ing tech­nol­ogy could help com­mer­cial air­plane pi­lots bet­ter de­tect and avoid weather dis­tur­bances to im­prove flight safety.

Boe­ing and JAXA have been col­lab­o­rat­ing on the in­te­gra­tion of LIDAR tech­nol­ogy into a com­mer­cial air­plane plat­form since 2010. The JAXA LIDAR tech­nol­ogy of­fers the po­ten­tial to ac­cu­rately mea­sure winds as much as 17.5 kilo­me­ters in front of air­planes and pro­vide pi­lots with suf­fi­cient time to take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion to avoid wind shear and clear air tur­bu­lence, which does not have any vis­ual cues such as clouds.

"Boe­ing is very pleased with the col­lab­o­ra­tive re­la­tion­ship we have had with JAXA," said Naveed Hus­sain, Boe­ing Re­search & Tech­nol­ogy vice pres­i­dent, Aerome­chan­ics Tech­nol­ogy. "We look for­ward to demon­strat­ing the ben­e­fits of LIDAR tech­nol­ogy,

– the ma­jor­ity of th­ese in the North Sea with one op­er­at­ing in the Gulf of Mex­ico. The H175 has a max­i­mum take- off weight ( MTOW) of nearly 8 tonnes and is de­signed to pro­vide un­matched ef­fi­ciency across a range of mis­sions, in­clud­ing util­ity, VIP trans­port, oil and gas and search and res­cue. Equipped with He­lionix, Air­bus He­li­copters’ in­te­grated suite of ad­vanced avion­ics and 4- axis au­topi­lot, the H175 of­fers en­hanced sit­u­a­tional aware­ness and im­proved op­er­a­tional safety by help­ing to re­duce pi­lot work­load and in­creas­ing mis­sion flex­i­bil­ity.

With vir­tu­ally lit­tle or no vi­bra­tion at cruise speeds of 150 knots and max­i­mum speeds of 165 knots, the H175, al­ready in op­er­a­tion with NHV, Pe­gaso, Bab­cock and Monacair and is play­ing a key role sup­port­ing the off­shore oil and gas in­dus­try through the ef­fi­cien­cies that this flex­i­ble air­craft brings into ser­vice.

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