Cargolux, Europe’s leading all-cargo airline, recently became the second cargo carrier at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), to use the Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) in Houston. This week, Cargolux used Honeywell’s Aerospace’s SmartPath® Precision Landing System, the world’s only certified GBAS. The technology augments signals from the Global Positioning System (GPS) to make them suitable for precision approach and landing. It overcomes many of the limitations of Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) traditionally used by airports to guide aircraft as they approach the runway.
SmartPath will help support the growth at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Unlike ILS, which supports a single precision approach to one runway end, one SmartPath system can simultaneously provide up to 48 separate approaches covering all runway ends. This allows Air Traffic Control (ATC) to be more flexible with its approaches, increasing airport capacity and greater flexibility during different operating conditions.
Cargolux joins Cathay Pacific Cargo as one of two cargo airlines using the technology at the Houston destination. Four passenger airlines — United, Lufthansa, Emirates and British Airways — also employ GBAS when landing some flights at Bush Airport. In 2013, Bush Airport became just the second airport in the United States to implement the advanced technology.