Technology Enables New Approaches to Reduce Delays; Will Be First System in Latin American Airport
PHOENIX, Sept. 21, 2010 -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that it has been selected by the Comissão de Implantação do Sistema de Controle do Espaço Aéreo (CISCEA) to deliver and install its SmartPath™ Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS) at Galeão–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro. The SmartPath Precision Landing System, a technology that can increase airport capacity, decrease air traffic noise, and reduce weather-related delays, is the first and only GBAS to receive the Federal Aviation Administration’s System Design Approval.
“Installing the SmartPath system at Rio de Janeiro will help reduce weather-related delays,” said Carl Esposito, Honeywell Aerospace Vice President of Product Management. “SmartPath complements existing performance-based navigation capabilities of today’s modern aircraft, further increasing fuel savings and lowering emissions.”
Honeywell’s technology supports precision approach and landings by augmenting Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite data and transmitting digital guidance data to aircraft systems. SmartPath ground-based systems provide differential GPS corrections, satellite health, and approach paths to replace or supplement Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) currently used at airports. ILS is an older technology with technical and operational limitations that impact flight path flexibility and airport capacity. ILS is susceptible to signal interference from weather, other aircraft, terrain and obstacles, resulting in significant disruptions to airport traffic and causing delays.
A single Honeywell system can support landing operations of multiple aircraft on multiple runways simultaneously, eliminating the need for multiple ILS systems at airports with more than one runway. One SmartPath system installed at a typical airport can yield annual maintenance savings of up to $400,000 for an airport using ILS on two runways.
Replacing ILS with GBAS technology has been identified in FAA’s NextGen Air Traffic Management plan and Europe’s collaborative Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) joint undertaking.
Honeywell is a pioneer in this technology, having first demonstrated the ability to use GPS for aircraft landing in the early 1990s. Honeywell’s GBAS technology in SmartPath has been demonstrated at more than 25 airports around the world and is operating at early adopter airports across the globe, including Bremen, Germany; Malaga, Spain; Memphis, Tenn.; Newark, N.J. and Sydney, Australia.
Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Honeywell’s aerospace business is a leading global provider of integrated avionics, engines, systems and service solutions for aircraft manufacturers, airlines, business and general aviation, military, space and airport operations.
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