Honeywell Demonstrates GBAS

By Tish Drake | March 13, 2008
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Honeywell demonstrated its satellite-based precision landing systems for airlines and global air navigation service providers (ANSP), the company said Tuesday. A Boeing 737-800 operated by German airline TUIfly used a prototype Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) to fly a precision approach to Bremen Airport without a conventional instrument landing system, Honeywell said. The demonstration flight was organized by Airservices Australia and Honeywell, with assistance from DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung, TUIfly and Boeing. “Participants could see for themselves that a GBAS system is far more cost effective for airports and ANSPs than traditional instrument landing systems. GBAS requires far less airport real estate, and a single GBAS installation covers all runway ends within 23 nautical miles of the installation site,” said Dan Ryan, Honeywell’s director, Precision Landing Systems. Participants on the flight inspected the equipment installation and were briefed on the system’s capabilities by DFS and Airservices, Honeywell said. DFS is a launch customer for Honeywell’s GBAS following FAA certification, which is expected this year.

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