GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. GE Aviation has delivered its new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-certified flight management system (FMS) software Update 13 (U13), which will be standard fit for all Boeing 737 MAX production airplanes.
The U13 flight management software builds on U12 functionality that featured runway situational awareness enhancements and integrated approach and navigation optimization. U13 provides several flight management enhancements to the MAX aircraft, including integration of the CFM LEAP-1B performance model, fuel efficiencies through features like adaptable take-off derate thrust options, and improved situational awareness through integration with the MAX large area navigational displays.
"The 737 MAX flight management system is helping operators to reduce costs, while improving performance as it relates to on-time arrivals and less fuel, emissions, and noise,” says Alan Caslavka, president of avionics for GE Aviation. “We’ve worked with Boeing to include new state-of-the-art technologies on the 737 MAX and look forward to the entry into service.”
GE Aviation’s U13 FMS software will be the standard fit for all 737 production airplanes beginning with the 737 MAX entry into service in 2017 and will be available for in-service installation across 737 fleets.
GE’s FMS is installed on more than 12,000 aircraft globally. GE provides flight management systems for the Airbus A320/330/340, Boeing 767 and KC-46 Tankers, and U.S. Navy E-6 and P-8A aircraft, the USAF E-4 and C-130J, UK C-130J, Spanish Air Force C-130Js, and many other aircraft. GE certified its first flight management computer in November 1984.
GE Aviation, an operating unit of General Electric Company (NYSE:GE), provides commercial and military jet engines, and avionics, digital solutions, and electrical power systems for aircraft.
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