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SmartPath commissioned at Sydney Airport

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A new aircraft landing system known as SmartPath has been brought into service at Sydney Airport -- the first of its type in the southern hemisphere.

The SmartPath technology (otherwise known as a Ground Based Augmentation System, GBAS), is a precision approach and landing system allowing suitably equipped aircraft to land within one metre of the runway centre line in low visibility conditions.

If required SmartPath is capable of providing up to 26 simultaneous instrument approaches within a 42km radius from the airport. The system will also reduce maintenance and provide more efficient calibration than traditional instrument landing systems (ILS).

Airservices used its own extensive experience in satellite navigation technology to partner with Honeywell Aerospace in developing the SmartPath system. Honeywell is the world's first and only GBAS supplier to have achieved system design approval by the US Federal Aviation Administration.

In conjunction with Qantas, Airservices began an operational test and evaluation of the Honeywell SLS-4000 GBAS in December 2012. This allowed suitability equipped Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A380 aircraft with qualified flight crew to fly SmartPath approaches.

As part of the trial Qantas conducted more than 750 GBAS approaches, on top of more than 2000 approaches the airline made during an earlier trial of a prototype system between 2006 and 2010 at Sydney Airport.

Airservices continues to work with the airline industry to encourage fitment of SmartPath-capable avionics while offering the industry the benefits of the new system. Show less
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