The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and France's Direction Gnrale de l'Aviation Civile (DGAC) have given initial approvals for use of Honeywell's Runway Awareness and Advisory System (RAAS) in Europe.

"This is a major stride in safety improvement for Europe, since runway incursions and other related ground accidents are increasing at an unacceptable rate," says Frank Daly, president of Honeywell Commercial Electronic Systems.

"Although the current STCs only apply to some Learjets and the Boeing 777, they open the way to easier follow-on certifications of other business jets, regional jets, and air transport aircraft."

EASA issued a Supplemental Type Certificate covering installation of RAAS on Learjet 31/35/36/55/60 series aircraft while the French regulatory authorities approved it for the Boeing 777. The US Federal Aviation Administration certified RAAS earlier this year for a diverse set of business jet and air transport aircraft applications.

Honeywell's RAAS is a software addition to the company's Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS).

Source: Flight Daily News