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Brazilian Airport Selects Honeywell GBAS

By Tish Drake | September 21, 2010
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Honeywell will deliver and install its SmartPath Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS) at Galeao–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, the company announced Tuesday.

Honeywell says the FAA-System-Design-Approved SmartPath Precision Landing System can increase airport capacity, decrease air traffic noise and reduce weather-related delays. The system supports precision approach and landings by augmenting 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.

According to Honeywell, 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.

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