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Take-offs and landings at Yangon and Mandalay to be optimised

Honeywell Aerospace and Hughes Aerospace are assisting Myanmar’s Yangon and Mandalay airports to use satellite-based technologies for optimising take-off and landing routes.

The improvement will enable safer, more reliable and efficient flight operations under all weather conditions.

This is the first step in an effort to improve procedures at Myanmar airports by the Department of Civil Aviation, which plans to install performance-based navigation procedures (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.

Brian Davis, vice president airlines Asia Pacific, Honeywell Aerospace, explains: “We are working with the Yangon and Mandalay airports to move away from legacy ground-based navigation aids to satellite-based technologies.

“PBN is the new global navigation satellite system approaches, allowing shorter and more direct routes as well as more efficient takeoffs and landings.”

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 addresses current limitations on air transportation capacity by making more efficient use of the airspace.

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.

Chris Baur, president and CEO, Hughes Aerospace Corporation, says: “Our successful partnership with the Myanmar government and airlines will play a major role in helping to improve airspace and airport operations.”

Honeywell and Hughes also 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.

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