It’ll soon be easier to land in a crowd. The FAA has approved Honeywell’s Flight Management System (FMS) software upgrade which includes advanced GPS-enabled approaches and access to Future Air Navigation System (FANS) routes in congested air spaces and oceanic airways.
"Pilots now have the access to flight management system software which will help to meet emerging Air Traffic Management needs by offering three key operational features in a single software package," said Rob Wilson, President, Business and General Aviation. "Honeywell's 6.1 version of the FMS software enable more than 2,000 LPV and close to 200 RNP-SAAAR approaches to fly higher accuracy paths to lower minimums during inclement weather and provide conformity for landings in congested airspace and difficult terrain. With this software upgrade, more direct approaches are available to the autopilot, saving time and fuel," Wilson added.
TSO approval from the FAA allows the company's new FMS 6.1 software upgrade to be installed in aircraft with Honeywell's FMZ-2000 flight management system. Approximately 600 aircraft will be eligible for the upgrade including Falcon 900B, Hawker 800XP and Challenger 601 aircraft. Honeywell expects follow-on certifications for other FMZ-2000 platforms, including Bombardier Global Express, Gulfstream G-IV and G-V, Falcon 900EX, Citation X and Embraer Legacy 600/650 aircraft.
The upgrade provides capability for Wide Area Augmentation System-Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (WAAS-LPV) and FANS and also prepares the aircraft for future FAA Authorization to fly Required Navigation Performance (RNP) Special Aircraft and Aircrew Authorization Required (SAAAR) operations.