FAA Certifies Honeywell Collision Avoidance System

By Tish Drake | March 21, 2007
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Honeywell said its Military Airborne Collision Avoidance System – Formation Rendezvous (MILACAS-FR), selected by Boeing for the C-17 Formation Flying System, has been certified by the FAA for use on all military aircraft. Honeywell is producing 180 MILACAS-FR systems for Boeing’s C-17 fleet as part of a $20 million contract. Honeywell said the collision avoidance technology will enhance accuracy and safety during military formation flights. Similar to Honeywell’s Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), MILACAS-FR detects nearby aircraft in flight and evaluates their threat potential. The system provides traffic alerts and maneuvering advisories to help pilots avoid mid-air collisions. Honeywell added that the MILACAS-FR system is lighter and more accurate than existing technology and allows a lead pilot to fly an entire aircraft formation through an encrypted data link.

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