Next-Gen FMS Being Flight Tested on Gulfstream G650

 - March 4, 2010, 10:58 AM

Honeywell’s next-generation flight management system (NGFMS) is currently undergoing flight testing on the Gulfstream G650 and was tested during the Boeing 747-8 first flight last month. “The NGFMS provides all of the capability to meet requirements for improving air traffic management through decreased separation and more direct routing,” said Honeywell Aerospace vice president of marketing and product management Carl Esposito. According to Honeywell, the NGFMS will be certified later this year on the Boeing 747-8 and next year on the G650. It will enable required navigation performance (RNP) 0.1 and also supports Waas-LPV, future air navigation system 1 (Fans-1) and Fans-2 requirements. “The NGFMS is being designed to meet increasing requirements for integrity and availability required by NextGen and Sesar (Single European Sky ATM Research),” said Honeywell vice president of crew interface products Chad Cundiff. “The new architecture will ensure higher quality performance and functionality while allowing faster development of new functionality enhancements.” The NGFMS provides enhanced flight planning, navigation and guidance, and aircraft performance capabilities to the aircraft, as well as a large navigational database. It works both as a standalone product, as it does on the 747-8, or integrated with other avionics, as in the Gulfstream G650.