Honeywell's new Pegasus Flight Management System (FMS) has entered service on six Airbus A320 series aircraft delivered to Air Canada, Finnair, International Lease Finance (ILFC) and JetBlue.

The four companies are among 19 airlines and leasing organisations that will take delivery of A320s with the Pegasus FMS this year.

"Pegasus is a great tool and provides outstanding commonality with the A330/340 fleet," says John Bradshaw, chief pilot, Air Canada.

Finnair will be the first airline to retrofit existing A320s with Pegasus FMS. The systems are available as forward fit and retrofit for the Boeing 757 and 767, and the Airbus A340, A330, A321, A320, A319 and A318. They are also available to retrofit the Boeing MD90.


Pegasus incorporates new capabilities designed to enable aircraft operators to take advantage of the emerging Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) operating environment, sometimes referred to as Free Flight.

This new airspace system will utilise new technology and procedures to handle increased traffic while improving safety, and will enable pilots to fly direct routing and choose the best altitude for efficiency or speed.

The Pegasus system supports an expanded navigation database with more than 10 times the capacity of previous-generation systems. It can also handle long and complex flight plans with up to 150 waypoints and supports the new Required Navigational Performance (RNP) accuracy standards specified for certain crowded airspace.

Source: Flight Daily News