Honeywell Aerospace’s SmartPath Precision
Landing System, which simultaneously reduces weather-related
delays, lowers air traffic noise, improves flight efficiency and
increases airport capacity, has started operating at Malaga-Costa
del Sol Airport in Spain.
SmartPath is the world’s only certified
Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS), a technology that
augments GPS signals to make them suitable for precision approach
and landing, before broadcasting the data to approaching aircraft.
The system overcomes many of the limitations of Instrument Landing Systems
(ILS) traditionally used by airports to guide aircraft as they
approach the runway.
“Today is an important milestone for Aena with
the entry into service of Honeywell’s SmartPath Precision Landing
System, an important step forward in terms of safety, cost
effectiveness and operability for airspace users,” said Enrique
Maurer, Aena Air Navigation Systems Directorate. “The use of this
satellite navigation system underlines Aena’s commitment to
incorporate the very latest technologies to improve air traffic
Malaga Airport is the fourth busiest airport in
Spain and has flight connections to over 60 countries worldwide.
It currently serves more than 12.5 million passengers per year.
“With significant passenger growth occurring at
many airports globally, the pressure on legacy ILS systems to
support increasing traffic volumes is greater than ever before,”
said Pat Reines, senior product manager, SmartPath, Honeywell
Aerospace. “Unlike ILS, GBAS supports multiple approaches
simultaneously, reducing airspace congestion and lowering airport
noise and emissions. Aena Air Navigation Directorate is ambitious
about the implementation of satellite navigation-based operations,
and its forward-looking approach to air traffic services has
identified Honeywell’s SmartPath GBAS as a cost-effective,
easy-to-install and more flexible alternative to conventional
SmartPath supports up to 26 precision approaches
for aircraft across up to four runways simultaneously, eliminating
the need for multiple ILS systems at airports with several
runways. It also reduces maintenance costs as it does not
require the same level of manual calibration as ILS, and it
reduces tarmac congestion and increases airport throughput by
mitigating the need for taxiing aircraft to “short-hold”.
Nearly 20 airports around the world have adopted
SmartPath to increase capacity, improve efficiency and maximise
landing assurance. As well as the recent contract award to
SmartPath at Frankfurt International Airport, Germany, and
delivery of the system to India’s Chennai International Airport,
Honeywell’s system is now installed at Sydney International
Airport, Australia, and due to begin operation for commercial
flights in the next few months. Other airports that selected the
system include Houston, Texas, and Newark, New Jersey, in the US;
Bremen, Germany; and Zurich, Switzerland.
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