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Airbus and Honeywell Team on Runway Safety

By Nick Zazulia | January 22, 2018
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Honeywell Aerospace and Airbus flight operations and ATM subsidiary NAVBLUE have signed an agreement to combine technologies to offer a runway safety solution.

Honeywell will provide its SmartLanding system — an upgrade to its widely used enhanced ground proximity warning system — which alerts pilots if they are approaching a runway too high, too fast or in an otherwise unprepared fashion.

NAVBLUE will furnish the collaboration with its runway overrun prevention system (ROPS), which the company describes as a performance-based alert system. It compares remaining runway length to expected stopping distance in real time to prevent runway overrun. So far, ROPS has been installed on 800 aircraft, with 1,500 more awaiting delivery, according to NAVBLUE.

The companies aim to provide a one-stop-shopping solution to runway issues through their combined avionics package, which is intended for use on both Airbus and non-Airbus craft.

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