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Honeywell Offering FMS Upgrades for Business Jets


Upgrades Decrease Operating Costs, Improve Safety and Air Traffic Management

NBAA, ATLANTA.- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that it plans to offer Flight Management System (FMS) upgrades to help business jet operators utilize Required Navigation Performance Special Aircraft and Aircrew Authorization Required (RNP SAAAR) procedures, Wide Area Augmentation System Lateral Precision Vertical (WAAS LPV) guided approaches and Future Air Navigation Systems (FANS).

The company plans to complete the FMS 7.1 for its Primus Epic and 6.1 software upgrades for its FMZ-2000 system next year. RNP SAAAR procedures help aircraft 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.

“Honeywell’s flight management systems will improve operating costs and air traffic management capabilities on business aviation aircraft, both saving time and reducing emissions,” said Rob Wilson, President, Honeywell Business and General Aviation. “A simple update can enable fuel savings, added payload and maintenance cost reductions.”

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.

Implementing FANS on business jets will improve air traffic management by reducing departure delays and separation between aircraft while increasing routing efficiency and enabling satellite datalink communications.

WAAS LPV increases runway availability by enabling lower minimums. The technology enables precision aircraft landings by enhancing the accuracy of GPS signals.


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