The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
has signed a formal agreement with Honeywell Aerospace and Hughes
Aerospace Corporation to develop performance-based navigation
procedures for Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban that will
enable safer, more reliable and consistent operations under all
The new navigation procedures will be used to
improve aid, relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts for the Leyte
region, Tacloban and the surrounding areas following the
catastrophic effects of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.
Honeywell and Hughes will absorb the entire cost
of the development of these approaches at the airport to ensure
that the flow of relief supplies is not impacted.
“The effects of Typhoon Haiyan were catastrophic
for the people of Leyte and the Tacloban regions. Additionally,
when the airport’s sole navigational aid was lost, it made safe
and efficient recovery efforts even more difficult. Honeywell is
pleased to share its expertise in safety technology to support
the rebuilding efforts,” said Brian Davis, vice president, Airlines, Asia Pacific, Honeywell Aerospace. “We will continue
to provide our support to the government through this difficult
period to ensure the necessary navigational systems are in place
to help with recovery and relief efforts.”
performance-based navigation (PBN) approaches will allow Daniel Z.
Romualdez Airport to move away from legacy ground-based navigation
aids to satellite-based technologies using area navigation
procedures. This will enable a lowering of the approach
minimums that were in place before the disaster.
This shift in
systems will allow aircraft carrying relief supplies to the Leyte
region to fly a more stable and accurate flight path, allowing
shorter and more direct routes as well as more efficient
takeoffs and landings.
president and CEO, Hughes Aerospace, said, “The situation at Daniel Z. Romualdez
Airport was severe as Typhoon Haiyan had completely destroyed
the ground-based navigational aid. As a result, the only
Instrument Flight Procedure serving Tacloban was lost, limiting
the airport to daytime operations in fair weather, which could
potentially limit recovery and relief efforts.”
“Honeywell and Hughes
are partners in the global PBN movement, and working together
we identified an opportunity to assist the Philippines, providing
a reliable, all-weather solution that is safer and has greater
capability than the VHF omnidirectional range (VOR) Instrument
Flight Procedure it replaces,” Mr. Baur added. “Our successful
partnership with the Philippines government and airlines will
play a major role in helping to rebuild the Leyte region.”
Benefits of Performance-Based Navigation Approach
Performance-based navigation is a general term that defines
navigation performance requirements for an air traffic route, instrument procedure or defined portion of airspace. This
strategy will address current limitations on air transportation
capacity by making more efficient use of the airspace. The strategy bases its foundation on two key navigation concepts: Area
Navigation and Required Navigation Performance.
of PBN approach include better access to terrain-challenged
airports; parallel runway, converging and adjacent airport
operations; lower Minima resulting in fewer weather-related
delays and diversions; reduced flight time due to optimized
routing; and more reliable, repeatable flight paths.
According to World Disasters Report in 2013, Asia remains the
continent most frequently affected, with 40.6% of all
natural and or technological disasters between 2003 and 2013.
Africa comes second with 24.4% of all disasters. It is
therefore exceptionally important for a country’s
infrastructure ranging from airports, trains and ports to roads, bridges and telecommunications networks to function even in
times of emergency.
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