Early this year, a consortium of companies led by Honeywell and United Airlines (UAL) showed off a proof-of-concept, data-link weather system that potentially could be installed in airliner cockpits as early as 2001. Using a data-link weather display in the cockpit as a strategic planning tool to avoid hazardous weather, airlines could save as much as one percent in actual time en route, Honeywell officials claimed. In addition, data-link weather in the cockpit is an essential part of the ...

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