The improvement will enable safer, more reliable and efficient flight operations under all weather conditions.
Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) and Hughes Aerospace today announced that they are assisting Myanmar’s Yangon and Mandalay international airports to develop satellite-based navigation technologies for optimizing takeoff and landing routes.
“We are working with the Yangon and Mandalay airports to move away from legacy ground-based navigation aids to satellite-based technologies,” said Brian Davis, vice president, Airlines, Asia Pacific, Honeywell Aerospace.
“Performance-based navigation (PBN) procedures are the new Global Navigation Satellite System approaches, allowing shorter and more direct routes as well as more efficient takeoffs and landings.”
This is the first step in an effort to improve procedures at Myanmar airports by the Department of Civil Aviation, which plans to install PBN procedures at other international and domestic airports in the country. Yangon and Mandalay are Myanmar’s two main international airports, capable of handling three million passengers each annually.
“These new PBN instrument flight procedures will transform Myanmar’s existing airspace, supporting not only safer, all-weather access but improved reliability and growth opportunities for the future. Our successful partnership with the Myanmar government and the airlines will play a major role in helping to improve airspace and airport operations,” said Chris Baur, president and CEO, Hughes Aerospace Corporation.
Besides Myanmar, Honeywell and Hughes signed a formal agreement with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines in July to develop PBN approaches for Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban. This will be used to improve aid, relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts for the Leyte region, Tacloban and the surrounding areas following the catastrophic effects of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.
Benefits of Performance-Based Navigation Approach
Performance-based navigation is a general term that defines navigation performance requirements for an air traffic route, instrument procedure, or defined portion of airspace. This strategy will address current limitations on air transportation capacity by making more efficient use of the airspace. The strategy bases its foundation on two key navigation concepts: RNAV (Area Navigation) and RNP (Required Navigation Performance).
Some of the key advantages of PBN approach include better access to terrain challenged airports, enables parallel runway operations, converging and adjacent airport operations, lower Minima resulting in fewer weather-related delays and diversions, reduced flight time due to optimized routing and more reliable, repeatable flight paths.
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About Hughes Aerospace Corporation
Houston based Hughes Aerospace Corporation provides an Integrated CNS Systems-based approach for Operators, Regulators, Facilities, and ATM’s throughout the global aerospace supply chain. Hughes has participated in landmark PBN projects throughout North America, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Hughes Aerospace offers complete solutions that are unique and tailored to our customer’s specifications. Our emphasis is on Performance Based Navigation technologies and their inter-relationship with Air Traffic Control Engineering, SMS and Flight Operations. Hughes is the only PBN provider supporting Air Carrier, Business/Commercial Operators, Vertical Flight, and Unmanned Aerial Systems. Hughes Aerospace possess certification from the FAA, ICAO and our global partners.