The RDR2060 system is an upgraded RDR 2000 system utilizing a new version of Bendix/King's more powerful and feature-rich ART 2100 receiver/transmitter. This new version ART 2100 fits and operates in the same space and uses identical mounting as the ART 2000. An upgrade path to convert an ART 2000 to this new version ART 2100 has been approved and is now available for operators. The upgrade applies to the ART only, all other system components such as antenna plate remain unchanged.
To increase the power and add the new features, the ART 2000 is fitted with the ART 2100 magnetron and software providing the additional features. Because these items are already used on a TSO’d ART 2100, the operator receives a qualified, field proven upgraded weather radar at a fraction of the price of a newly purchased system.
Just return your existing ART 2000 and select whether you would like your unit to be upgraded (slower option) or if you prefer Bendix King to expedite an exchange unit. Turnaround time at Bendix/King's service center is estimated at less than 7 days if no unrelated additional failure requiring repair is identified. The number of exchange units available is limited.
The upgraded ART 2100 will need to be re-configured per the Installation Manual.
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.
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 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 EFIS compatible using ARINC 429 and ARINC 453 databusses. It also features an MFD interface, fault annunciation, TILT readout on display, and independent dual indicator operation.