[Avionics Today 08-26-2016] Honeywell’s SmartRunway and SmartLanding system has received industry approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for use on the Boeing 737NG airliner. This is the first aircraft approved to operate the technology in Europe and this summer an unnamed Europe-based, low-cost airline will be the first operator to install the system.
The SmartRunway and SmartLanding system aims to offer protection against multiple runway incursion and excursion risks during taxiing, take-off and landing. It can be installed via flight-deck modifications and an Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) upgrade. This upgrade is now eligible for funding from Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR), which enables operators to receive grants toward the cost of implementing the system on their fleets.
Honeywell's earlier technology, Runway Awareness and Advisory System (RAAS) — a safety solution that improves runway situational awareness for pilots — has also been identified by SESAR as a key technology in reducing the potential for runway incursions and excursions.