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Will America West Ever Be Bad-weather Certified?

Tue Jan 23, 2001 3:52 am

I just read in the Arizona Republic that America West is unable to fly into certain weather conditions while other airlines can. This is because America West only uses Catagory 1 navigation equipment in all their aircraft, whereas other airlines use Catagory 2 or 3 systems. This will therefore make America West unable to operate in certain low-visibility situations, reuslting in massive ATC delays and cancellations. The article also mentioned the pilots would need to be trained for the advanced systems.

Does anyone know if America West will have their aircraft retrofitted with the new systems and are the pilots going to be trained for this anytime soon? To me, it just looks like America West management cutting corners to save a couple bucks.