Air India to trial Honeywell’s runway safety software

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Air India has signed a memorandum of understanding with Honeywell, to conduct trials on a runway safety software for six months.

The SmartRunway/SmartLanding software will be fitted through a software upgrade across Air India’s fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft which are equipped with enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS), says Honeywell.

Using information from the ground positioning location and data stored in the EGPWS, the software will be able to determine if the aircraft is configured correctly for take-off, landing and taxiing. It will also be able to reduce crew workload as pilots spend less time orientating, even in low visibility or at night.

“As we expand our network our pilots are required to fly into an ever-growing number of airports, many of which are continually changing in terms of layout. SmartRunway/SmartLanding could make it easier for our pilots to navigate these airports regardless of visibility, and extend passenger safety even further in the process,” says Air India’s executive director for engineering A K Mathew.