Rio De Janeiro, Brazil: Honeywell has been selected by the Comissao de Implantacao do Sistema de Controle do Espaco Aereo (CISCEA) to deliver and install its SmartPath Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS) at Galeão-Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro. The SmartPath Precision Landing System, a technology that can increase airport capacity, decrease air traffic noise and reduce weather-related delays has received the Federal Aviation Administration’s System Design Approval.
Honeywell’s technology supports precision approach and landings by augmenting GPS satellite data and transmitting digital guidance data to aircraft systems. SmartPath ground-based systems provide differential GPS corrections, satellite health and approach paths to replace or supplement Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) currently used at airports. ILS is an older technology with technical and operational limitations that impact flight path flexibility and airport capacity. ILS is susceptible to signal interference from weather, other aircraft, terrain and obstacles, resulting in significant disruptions to airport traffic and causing delays.
Replacing ILS with GBAS technology has been identified in FAA’s Next Generation (NextGen) Air Traffic Management plan and Europe’s collaborative Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) joint undertaking.
A single Honeywell system can support landing operations of multiple aircraft on multiple runways simultaneously, eliminating the need for multiple ILS systems at airports with more than one runway. One SmartPath system installed at a typical airport can yield annual maintenance savings of up to USD 400,000 for an airport using ILS on two runways.