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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

FAA Awards Boeing ‘Greener Skies’ Contract

Boeing was awarded a $3.1 million research task order from FAA to maximize performance-based navigation capabilities across the country.

With this contract for the "Greenier Skies Initiative 2," Boeing will evaluate current and new precision navigation procedures for an improved air traffic management system.

“This research and development initiative supports Boeing’s strategic focus on maximizing the capabilities of Boeing aircraft and implement RNP [Required Navigation Performance] globally,” said Neil Planzer, vice president of Air Traffic Management, Boeing Flight Services.

This initiative builds on the Greener Skies Over Seattle project, which demonstrated Alaska Airlines’ ability to cut fuel burn and reduce emissions by 35 percent compared to a conventional landing using RNP, a GPS-based navigation technology that enables aircraft to fly precise paths to closely spaced parallel runways.

The procedures will be tested at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Seattle’s Boeing Field for future implementation at capacity-constrained airports across the country.

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