StandardAero gets FAA approval to upgrade Honeywell ground warning avionics computers on Falcon business jets

TEMPE, Ariz., 17 June 2012. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Washington is giving aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) specialist StandardAero Business Aviation in Tempe, Ariz., the go-ahead to upgrade the Honeywell Mark V Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) avionics computers with the Honeywell Smart Runway and SmartLanding runway safety package for Falcon 50, Falcon 50EX, Falcon 900, and Falcon 900EX business jets.

StandardAero gets FAA approval to upgrade Honeywell ground warning avionics computers on Falcon business jets
StandardAero gets FAA approval to upgrade Honeywell ground warning avionics computers on Falcon business jets

TEMPE, Ariz., 17 June 2012. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Washington is giving aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) specialist StandardAero Business Aviation in Tempe, Ariz., the go-ahead to upgrade the Honeywell Mark V Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) avionics computers with the Honeywell Smart Runway and SmartLanding runway safety package for Falcon 50, Falcon 50EX, Falcon 900, and Falcon 900EX business jets.

StandardAero has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for this avionics upgrade. The EGPWS and Smart Runway and SmartLanding runway safety package are from Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix.

StandardAero completed the general aviation STCs via its Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) at the Springfield, Ill.. facility and offers installation at its four North American service centers in Tempe, Ariz.; Los Angeles, Augusta, Ga.; and Houston, company officials say.

The Honeywell EGPWS blends sensor inputs concerning aircraft position, attitude, airspeed, and glideslope, with an internal terrain, obstacle, and runway database to warn pilots away from obstacles or terrain.

The SmartRunway and SmartLanding functions provide alerts and advisories that increase a crew’s situational awareness during operation on and around airports," explains Jeremy Thomas, avionics product director at StandardAero Business Aviation.

The the Honeywell Smart Runway and SmartLanding runway safety package is an evolution of the original Honeywell RAAS system, which Honeywell originally developed and released in 2003, Thomas says. The new system offers several improvements over the original RAAS.

The SmartRunway function has alerts for taxiway landing, taxiway takeoff, short runway cautions, and takeoff flap monitoring, and the Smart Landing function provides visual and audible warnings of unstabilized approaches, altimeter setting problems, landing long, and select RAAS advisories.

Honeywell Smart Landing 17 June 2012The Dassault Falcon 900 business jet seats 19 passengers plus a crew of two. The aircraft is 66 feet long, 25 feet high, and has a wingspan of 63.5 feet. The aircraft can fly at altitudes as high as 51,000 feet at speeds to 513 knots. The Dassault Falcon 900 has a range of nearly 4,000 miles, and is powered by three Honeywell TFE731-5BR-1C turbofan engines.

The Dassault Falcon 50 seats eight to nine passengers plus a crew of two. The aircraft is 61 feet long, 23 feet high, and has a wingspan of 62 feet. The aircraft can fly at altitudes as high as 49,000 feet at speeds to 494 knots. The Dassault Falcon 50 has a range of 3,500 nautical miles, and is powered by three Garrett TFE731-3-1C turbofan jet engines.

StandardAero’s certification services team provides training, simple one-only STCs, engine retrofits, and complex cabin entertainment systems.

For more information contact StandardAero Business Aviation online at www.standardaero.com/bizav, Honeywell Business Aviation at www.honeywellbusinessaviation.com, or the FAA at www.faa.gov.

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