Setting a new standard in value and performance, the RDR 2000 digital weather radar provides a vertical picture of a pilot-selected cross-section of the storm, offering the best view available to general aviation. The simple press of a button allows you to analyze a storm segment vertically, giving you the information you need to determine the scope of the storm.
Also, you can examine the angle of the cell's leading edge to determine direction of movement, monitor the tops of cells to see how quickly a storm is building, and easily distinguish between ground and weather returns. The system is fully stabilized to +/- 30° combined pitch and roll, and antenna stabilization keeps your screen clear of ground returns during moderate aircraft maneuvers. You can choose between two antennas, a 10-inch or 12-inch, to fit a wide variety of airframe applications.
The RDR 2000 uses intuitive colors (green, yellow, red, magenta), and six ranges (10 nm to 240 nm) to depict the weather intensity, creating a clear picture of the weather and making it easy for you to avoid danger. The horizontal scan provides an angle of 90°; the vertical scan an angle of 60°. Using Sensitivity Time Logic, the system can correlate target distance with intensity, and its attenuation compensation reduces shadowing.
The system is fully Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) compatible using ARINC 429 and ARINC 453 databusses. It also features a Multi-Function Display (MFD) interface, fault annunciation, TILT readout on display and independent dual indicator operation. Power output is rated at 4.0 kW.
The RDR 2000 system can be configured at installation to include the Target Alert feature. The purpose of the feature is to alert the pilot to the presence of a significant weather cell that exists beyond the currently selected range. For this mode to be active, Wx or WxA mode must be selected and Vertical Profile must not be selected. The criteria for a Target Alert is for the cell to be at least red intensity, within ±10° of aircraft heading, a minimum size of 2 NM in range and 2 degrees in azimuth, and within the range of 80 to 240 NM. When a Target Alert is issued, two red arcs, separated by a black arc will be displayed at the top of the display centered on the aircraft heading (see the following figure). Target Alert is applied to each scan independent of the other when the radar is alternating scans.
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