Honeywell Receives Certification for Improved Avionics Capabilities for Planeview™-Equipped Gulfstream Aircraft
Key Enhancements Include FANS 1/A Data Link, RNP-SAAAR With Honeywell Go Direct™ Services, FANS, WAAS-LPV and SV-PFD 2.0
Primus Epic® Based Cockpits Can Be Upgraded Overnight
NBAA, ORLANDO, Fla. -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that it has obtained Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for new avionics functionality for current production Gulfstream aircraft.
The new capabilities include:
• Enhanced features for the industry-best Synthetic Vision–Primary Flight Display (SV-PFD), based on Honeywell’s award-winning SmartView™ synthetic vision system,
• Future Air Navigation System (FANS 1/A),
• Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC), and
• Wide Area Augmentation System-Localizer Performance with Vertical guidance (WAAS-LPV).
With the additional features, current production Gulfstream G350, G450, G500 and G550 aircraft will be able to operate to Required Navigation Performance - Special Aircraft and Aircrew Authorization Required (RNP SAAAR) values of 0.1 nm separation (RNP 0.1).
The enhanced SV-PFD brings several new features to the best synthetic vision system in class, including the use of range rings, allowing the flight crew to naturally gauge the distance of terrain and obstacles from the aircraft, and high resolution runway detailing that allows the crew to clearly identify visually the runway they are taking off from, further reducing the risk of a runway incursion.
“These new avionics capabilities are designed to accommodate the planned features of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS) and Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) functionality, and are easily accommodated in PlaneView cockpits based on our Primus Epic technology because of the expandability and growth we built into the system,” said Rob Wilson, President, Business & General Aviation, Honeywell Aerospace. “Honeywell’s flight management systems will improve operating costs and air traffic management capabilities on business aviation aircraft, saving time and reducing emissions.”
The addition of WAAS-LPV approach capability will give these aircraft access to more than 1,300 WAAS approaches in the United States. The certification of the new production Gulfstream G350, G450, G500 and G550 aircraft to RNP SAAAR 0.1 capability will mark the first time any aircraft has ever achieved both the standard of RNP 0.1 capability and WAAS/LPV, and will enable the aircraft all major approach types worldwide including low RNP and WAAS/LPV approaches.
“The expandability of PlaneView cockpits, based on our Primus Epic architecture, is the true promise of avionics flexibility and growth we pledged to the industry when we began developing the first fully integrated cockpit in aviation history,” Wilson said. “With a software upload, these aircraft will be Next Gen compliant, giving Gulfstream operators the functionality they need today and the knowledge that their PlaneView cockpits can be further expanded to meet future flight requirements.”
RNP is a key component of the FAA’s next-generation performance-based navigation system. It utilizes global positioning and inertial reference system navigation, allowing aircraft to fly predetermined paths loaded in their flight management computers. Honeywell is also offering its Go Direct Services, which assists operators in attaining RNP SAAAR operational approval. “RNP will save Gulfstream operators both time and fuel costs during airport operations and this functionality will improve aircraft capability in the evolving air space operations,” said Chad Cundiff, Vice President, Crew Interface Systems, Honeywell Aerospace. “Honeywell’s Go Direct Services is the leading service for operational approval of Gulfstream operators. It offers operators a complete suite of services to help them gain operational approval for RNP SAAAR in a timely manner including the ability to perform RNP SAAAR database validation, thereby offering operators a turn-key solution for the implementation of RNP SAAAR.”
RNP SAAAR procedures help aircraft access airports at weather minima lower than many other types of approaches and fly more precise approaches and departures, increasing operational efficiency and reducing operating costs, noise and emissions. WAAS provides vertical guidance during LPV approaches, increasing navigation accuracy and availability. FANS is designed to allow more aircraft to safely and efficiently utilize oceanic airspace using automatic dependent surveillance and data link technology.
The new avionics capabilities for the Gulfstream G350, G450, G500 and G550 aircraft will also include paperless terminal charts and maps, allowing the crew to leave all their paper charts while at home and enjoy an unprecedented redundancy that far exceeds industry standards.
The new avionics functionality is complemented by a significant improvement in the aircraft position accuracy through the introduction of High Integrity GPS – Hybrid (HIGH) Step 1 update to the Honeywell Integrated Reference System (IRS) units. This upgrade allows a more robust aircraft position display by blending the GPS signal with the position measurements coming from the IRS, allowing for a graceful degradation in case of GPS signal loss, a significant improvement when flying GPS-based approaches like RNP or WAAS-LPV.
Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Honeywell’s aerospace business is a leading global provider of integrated avionics, engines, systems and service solutions for aircraft manufacturers, airlines, business and general aviation, military, space and airport operations.
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