Honeywell Offers New Weather Gear

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Honeywell will introduce a new datalink weather receiver, the KDR 610, at next week's AirVenture show, the company said yesterday. The 610, which is expected to be available later this year, will provide real-time weather information via XM satellite radio. It adds to Honeywell's current line of general aviation weather receivers by providing satellite-radio weather at any altitude, including on the ground, anywhere in the continental United States, the company said. It's designed to interface with the Bendix/King KMD 250, KMD 550 and KMD 850 multi-function displays (MFDs). It will enable the pilot to overlay the active flight plan on all graphical weather images, pan and zoom into specific areas of interest and gather more detailed information. "It contributes significantly to situational awareness and weather avoidance," said Honeywell spokesman Tom Kraft. There's no need to request data or wait for a reply, because the KDR 610 provides the most recent information available by automatically updating the weather data even if it's not being viewed on the MFD, he said.

The system comprises three hardware components: the KDR 610 receiver, a cockpit display and an antenna. The KDR 610 will receive the signal and supply the data to the MFD, which can display it in textual or graphical format. Entire files can be received in a matter of seconds. Available weather products include composite NEXRAD radar, graphical and textual Airman's Meteorological Information (AIRMETs) and Significant Meteorological Information (SIGMETs), as well as textual Surface Observations Reports (METARs) and Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts (TAFs).