Honeywell, Hughes to implement PBN at Tacloban

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Honeywell and Hughes Aerospace will develop performance-based navigation (PBN) procedures for Tacloban’s Daniel Z. Romualez airport.

“The new navigation procedures 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,” says Honeywell in a statement.

“Honeywell and Hughes will absorb the entire cost of the development of these approaches at the airport to ensure that the flow of relief supplies is not impacted.”

The announcement follows a formal agreement signing between the two companies and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

Honeywell says the implementation of PBN will allow better access to the airport in difficult weather conditions, which should speed the flow of airborne relief supplies following potential future natural disasters.

Honeywell adds that in that Haiyan destroyed the airport’s ground-based navigation aids, which meant relief flights could only fly in during daylight and in fair weather.

“(PBN) will enable a lowering of the approach minimums that were in place before the disaster,” adds Honeywell. “This shift in systems will allow aircraft carrying relief supplies to the Leyte region to fly a more stable and accurate flight path, allowing shorter and more direct routes as well as more efficient takeoffs and landings.”