GE wins certification for flight management system update

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FAA has approved a software update for the GE flight management system as standard for all Boeing 737 production aircraft beginning in February 2009.

GE's upgrade for the next generation 737s includes an increase in the storage size of a database containing navigation information with 95% spare memory for growth. GE says the latest software version also supports blended winglet installation on classic and next generation versions of the narrowbody aircraft.

The company says its FMS also supplies precision navigation that supports required navigation performance (RNP) standards and offers outputs of a four-dimensional trajectory for use by air traffic controllers to enable integrated air-ground operations.

Southwest Airlines in December 2008 awarded GE a $40 million deal to modify its 737 classic aircraft for RNP procedures. The carrier aims to roll-out RNP fleet-wide by 2013.