Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Why should I be interested in the RDR 2060 Upgrade?
A: As an existing RDR 2000 operator you have access to additional features and benefits offered by a new Radar at less than a third of the price and get a new one year warranty.
Q: I am perfectly happy with my RDR 2000, why are these additional features important to me?
A: The benefits of these new features will increase safety of flight and reduce pilot work load.
Q: What additional benefits do I get with the RDR 2060?
A: The following table identifies the additional features available with the RDR 2060 and their benefits to the operator.
||Extends your weather detection awareness
||Fits with no change to radome
||240 NM, 12" typical
||320 NM, 12" typical
||Greater range increases flight plan flexibility
|Auto Range Limiting
||Greater situational awareness
|Auto Step Scan
||Greater situational awareness
||Reduced pilot workload
|Q: What is Auto Range Limiting?
A: Automatic Range Limiting (ARL) causes the display to depict areas that the radar cannot penetrate due to signal attenuation. Typically, the ARL display will show blue areas on the far side of a series of severe weather systems. This cautions the pilot to avoid flight into the blue areas due to the uncertainty of weather conditions.
Q: What is Sector Scan?
A: Sector Scan allows faster updates on rapidly changing areas by isolating a 60 degree sector.
Q: What is Auto Step Scan?
A: Auto Step Scan causes the antenna tilt to sequentially step in 4° increments. This allows the pilot to Vertical Profile the entire azimuth scan angle by simply watching successive antenna scans.
Q: What is Auto Tilt?
A: Allows the antenna position to be automatically adjusted to maintain a common beam intercept point with the earth e.g. if the last 10% of the display is ground returns, then during ascent or decent the antenna tilt is automatically changed to maintain ground returns on 10% of the display.
Q: Will my existing weather radar indicator or MFD be capable of displaying the additional features?
A: The following Honeywell Radar Indicators and MFD’s are capable of displaying the additional features :
• EFIS 40/50
• KMD 850
The use of other manufacturer’s indicators and/or MFDs may not enable the additional features listed in the above table. The extent of compatibility can only be defined by the radar indicator and/or MFD manufacturer. Contact your indicator and/or MFD manufacturer for details.
Q: How much modification will be required to install the RDR 2060 and how long will it take?
A: The RDR 2060 will mount in the same location as the RDR-2000 utilizing existing hardware, wiring and connectors. A source of altitude and airspeed is required to enable auto tilt. If no source is available, an air data computer and associated wiring would need to be installed.
Q: Is the RDR 2060 more reliable than the RDR 2000?
A: Current fleet data indicates the RDR 2000 has a fielded reliability of 4490 flight hours. The upgrade will come with an additional one year warranty and expectations are the RDR 2060 reliability will be similar to the RDR 2000.
Q: How long can I expect my aircraft to be down for the upgrade?
A: While we cannot provide an estimate for removal and re-installation, turnaround time for the upgrade at our Olathe Maintenance facility is planned for less than 7 days. To facilitate quicker service, an exchange program is available with units available within 24 hours.