BendixKing RDR 2060 Weather Radar

Setting a new standard in value and performance

Description

Setting a new standard in value and performance, the RDR 2060 Digital Weather Radar is a RDR 2100 modified to fit in the same space as our RDR 2000. It 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.

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 2060 uses intuitive colors (green, yellow, red, magenta), and six ranges (10 NM to 320 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° or 100°; 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.

In addition to the above features that it shares with the RDR 2000, the RDR 2060 also offers:

  • 50% more power, a full 6.0 kW
  • 320 NM range versus 240 NM range
  • Autorange limiting – alerts you to areas that radar energy cannot penetrate
  • Sector scans – allows you to reduce the scan time to concentrate on the area you most want to review
  • 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
  • Auto tilt – automatically manages tilt angle as the aircraft climbs or descends (with compatible gyro inputs)

Specifications

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.

Feature RDR 2000 RDR 2060 Operational Benefit
Transmitter Power 4.0 kW 6.0 kW Extends your weather detection awareness
Antenna Size 10″, 12″ 10″, 12″ Interchangeable
Scan Angle 90°/100° 90°/100° Fits with no change to radome
Weather Range 240 NM, 12″ typical 320 NM, 12″ typical Greater range increases flight plan flexibility
Auto Range Limiting No Yes Increased safety
Sector Scans No Yes Greater situational awareness
Auto Step Scan No Yes Greater situational awareness
Auto Tilt No Yes 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 :
• IN-862A/B
• EFIS 40/50
• KMD 850

PRIMUS APEX (Build 11 and above except sector scan, Vertical Profile)

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.

Documentation

RDR 2060-2100

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