Honeywell and Hughes in Myanmar ATM project
Honeywell Aerospace and Hughes Aerospace are assisting Myanmar’s Yangon and Mandalay international airports to develop satellite-based navigation technologies for optimizing takeoff and landing routes.
“We are working with the Yangon and Mandalay airports to move away from legacy ground-based navigation aids to satellite-based technologies,” said Brian Davis, vice president, Airlines, Asia Pacific, Honeywell Aerospace. “Performance-based navigation (PBN) procedures are the new Global Navigation Satellite System approaches, allowing shorter and more direct routes as well as more efficient takeoffs and landings.”
This is the first step in an effort to improve procedures at Myanmar airports by the Department of Civil Aviation, which plans to install PBN procedures at other international and domestic airports in the country. Yangon and Mandalay are Myanmar’s two main international airports, capable of handling three million passengers each annually.
“These new PBN instrument flight procedures will transform Myanmar’s existing airspace, supporting not only safer, all-weather access but improved reliability and growth opportunities for the future. Our successful partnership with the Myanmar government and the airlines will play a major role in helping to improve airspace and airport operations,” said Chris Baur, president and CEO, Hughes Aerospace Corporation.
Besides Myanmar, Honeywell and Hughes signed a formal agreement with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines in July to develop PBN approaches for Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban. This will be used to improve aid, relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts for the Leyte region, Tacloban and the surrounding areas following the catastrophic effects of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.