Honeywell Upgrades Near for EASy, PlaneView

 - May 12, 2009, 5:58 AM

Honeywell said today at EBACE that it is closing in on certification of several long-awaited avionics upgrades for Gulfstream and Dassault business jets, including functionality for future air navigation system (FANS1/A), wide-area augmentation system localizer performance with vertical guidance (WAAS LPV) and required navigation performance special aircraft and aircrew authorization required (RNP SAAAR) operations in PlaneView-equipped Gulfstreams and EASy-equipped Falcons. Honeywell has also delivered “load software” to Dassault for the synthetic-vision upgrade for EASy. FANS1/A, used on oceanic flight routes, enables text-based datalink communications between pilots and controllers. WAAS LPV provides ILS-like landing minimums without the need for ground stations. RNP SAAAR is a special type of procedure that allows appropriately equipped aircraft flown by appropriately trained crews to fly extremely precise (0.1 nm lateral accuracy) tracks, including curved approach courses. Honeywell expects to have the enhanced functionality in the Gulfstream G350, G450, G500 and G550 TSO’d in July. The Dassault EASy Phase II cockpit updates are scheduled to be certified late this year in the Falcon 900, 2000 and 7X, with the FANS1/A capability to follow early next year.