Rio de Janeiro’s Galeão–International Airport has become the latest gateway to install Honeywell’s SmartPath Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS).
Honeywell is confident that the new technology will ensure significantly better on-time service for the 12 million passengers who fly in and out of Rio de Janeiro each year.
Brazil’s air transportation environment has been expanding rapidly in recent years, with more planes flying in and around Rio than ever before. That volume of air traffic is expected to continue to grow, ultimately spiking in 2016 when Rio hosts the Summer Olympics.
An added benefit of SmartPath – the first FAA certified GBAS – according to Honeywell is the fact that it can save airports like Galeão as much as $500,000 per year in reduced environmental and maintenance costs.
Honeywell SmartPath helps modernise air traffic management and increase an airport’s operational capacity by allowing aircraft to fly either complex or straight-in approaches, depending on air traffic demands.
“Unlike existing single runway systems, GBAS can support up to four runway operations simultaneously,” says Carl Esposito, Honeywell's vice president for product management.