L-3 produces 60,000th Stormscope® weather mapping system

L-3 produces 60,000th Stormscope® weather mapping system 31 Jul, 11, Source: L-3 Avionics Systems

L-3 Avionics Systems announced this week that it has produced its 60,000th Stormscope®Weather Mapping System, a product continuously manufactured since its 1976 introduction to general aviation. First released as the Stormscope WX-7, the instrument has become an industry standard for severe weather detection in light aircraft. L-3 donated the milestone system to the EAA for the Gathering of Eagles fundraising auction to be held Thursday, July 28. The Stormscope line of products will be on display this week at AirVenture in the L-3 booth, #3109, Hangar C.

“Stormscope continues to perform and sustain its tactical effectiveness. This milestone is a testament to the advantages pilots receive with a Stormscope system onboard, even when used in combination with datalink or radar information,” said Larry Riddle, vice president of business development for L-3 Avionics Systems. “We are proud to support the EAA’s Gathering of Eagles youth outreach efforts by donating this milestone Stormscope unit.”

Stormscope Weather Mapping Systems display all lightning activity in real time throughout the life-cycle of a thunderstorm. Before cockpit radar detects the precipitation present in mature-stage storms or datalink weather downloads historical information, Stormscope instantly depicts early cues of convective activity. This enables users to monitor and evade potential hazards with a greater margin of safety.

When used in conjunction with other weather products, Stormscope provides complementary, real-time updates between datalink downloads and radar returns – thereby creating a more seamless picture of the flight environment.

By integrating with today’s modern avionics, the Stormscope line of instruments can overlay instant lightning strike information on a broad range of moving map and weather displays, including popular OEM installed and aftermarket glass-panel suites. Stormscope can also be combined with L-3’s SkyWatch® and SkyWatch® HP Collision Avoidance System for single-screen traffic and weather data.

The Stormscope series includes models suitable for numerous aircraft types. Key features include:

  • Displays lightning in 25, 50, 100 and 200 nm ranges
  • Pilot-selectable cell and strike modes
  • 360-degree or 120-degree forward-looking view
  • Lightning information updates every second
  • Strike rate indicator details building or dissipating storms

L-3 Avionics Systems has been helping pilots fly for more than 45 years. The company provides a wide array of avionics technologies designed to improve situational awareness and enhance safety, such as the GH-3000 electronic and J.E.T.® standby instruments, the SkyWatch®Collision Avoidance System, the Stormscope® Weather Mapping System and the Trilogy™ Electronic Standby Instrument, among others. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3avionics.com.

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