SmartPath technology to help improve passenger experience at Punta Cana airport

Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) has been selected by the Dominican Institute of Civil Aviation to install its SmartPath Ground-Based Augmentation System at Punta Cana International Airport, the company said.

The system is designed to help reduce flight delays for passengers, while helping airline operators reduce fuel costs and traffic congestion.

As the world´s only US Federal Aviation Administration-certified Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS), Honeywell´s SmartPath technology provides a cost-effective and easy-to-implement digital precision navigation solution to increase airport capacity, decrease air traffic noise and reduce weather-related delays. It also reduces operating costs for both the aircraft operator and air navigation service providers, allowing pilots to make more accurate and quicker approaches and landings.

SmartPath transmits digital data to the aircraft. Unlike the beams of energy sent by traditional Instrument Landing Systems (ILS), Honeywell´s GBAS is immune to interference from weather, other aircraft and rugged terrain. The GBAS technology also helps increase operational efficiency, allowing an aircraft to fly either complex or straight-in approaches, which helps reduce fuel costs and unnecessary flight delays.

Also 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 to be more flexible with approaches, increasing airport capacity and enabling greater flexibility during different operating conditions.

Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft, and its turbochargers are used by nearly every automaker and truck manufacturer around the world. The Aerospace business unit develops innovative solutions for more fuel-efficient automobiles and airplanes, more direct and on-time flights, safer flying and runway traffic, along with aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity services, logistics, and more.