[Avionics Today March 28, 2014] Colombian airline Avianca is upgrading its fleet of A320s with the Airbus Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS), an onboard cockpit technology designed to provide active protection and increase situational awareness during the aircraft landing phase of flight.
According to Airbus, the system combines data on weather, runway condition and topography, and aircraft weight and configuration to prompt appropriate callouts and alerts for pilots. The FAA and EASA both issued certification of the ROPS late last year.
“The incorporation of the Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS) in 21 aircraft in Avianca's Airbus fleet, will give pilots the information they need to take the best decisions for a safe landing in the minimum time possible. As a company this will allow us to stay at the vanguard of technology for safety," said Fabio Villegas, president of Avianca.
Avianca will be the first Latin American airline to add ROPS to its all-Airbus fleet.