Continental Airlines is expected to receive operational approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration to use the Honeywell/Pelorus satellite landing system (SLS-2000) on 21 September.

The long-awaited clearance, originally expected almost two years ago, allows Continental to make precision approaches to Minneapolis-St Paul and New York Newark airports using the SLS-2000 global positioning system-based landing system. "It's a momentous occasion," says vice-president and general manager for Honeywell business and commuter aviation systems, Mike Smith. The first flight will be operated by a Continental Boeing MD-83.

Source: Flight International