Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems (MABS) manufactures a wide range of braking systems for aircraft in commercial, business and military sectors. The company has been awarded a contract to provide the autobrake system for the Gulfstream G650 and G650ER ultra long-range aircraft. The system will become standard for future production aircraft and introduced via the Gulfstream service network to existing aircraft. Meggitt (Booth 3070) provides the brakes for the entire in-service and in-production Gulfstream portfolio.
Automatic braking provides a number of benefits, such as applying the appropriate level of braking required for the selected level of deceleration. The MABS system also controls braking during the de-rotation phase, before the nosewheel has touched down, reducing landing distances by applying the brakes at an earlier stage. The system also automatically provides maximum braking following a high-speed rejected takeoff.
Autobrake has been a feature of commercial airliners for some time, but it has historically proven too expensive for business jets. New digital brake-by-wire technologies allow it to be added to existing systems as a software drop-in, in turn rendering the capability more affordable.