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Honeywell's new runway safety system selected by Malaysia Airlines

Honeywell Specialty Materials : 23 April, 2006  (Company News)
Honeywell announced that Malaysia Airlines will be the first airline in Asia to equip its fleet with Honeywell's Runway Awareness and Advisory System, a new safety system that helps pilots avoid on-ground incidents.
Honeywell announced that Malaysia Airlines will be the first airline in Asia to equip its fleet with Honeywell's Runway Awareness and Advisory System, a new safety system that helps pilots avoid on-ground incidents.

The airline will install RAAS on its fleet of 92 aircraft and its three flight simulators.

'We decided to add RAAS to our whole fleet as a continuous process to further enhance the safety of our operations,' said Dato Captain Nawawi Awang, Malaysia Airlines' Senior General Manager, Flight Operations.

Honeywell's research has shown that many ground incidents are related to pilots losing awareness of the aircraft's location in relation to runways. The RAAS uses a GPS to monitor the airplane's location and compares it to an integral runway map.

It advises pilots when the aircraft is about to taxi onto a runway, if the runway chosen for takeoff or landing is too short or if the flight crew is attempting to take off from a taxiway. It also provides the runway identification to help pilots be certain they are taking off or landing on the intended runway.

RAAS is a software application hosted on Honeywell's Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System, a safety system that alerts pilots if the aircraft approaches too close to terrain or a tall structure.
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