Honeywell developing software to reduce runway incursions

April 5, 2024
Surface Alert, or SURF-A, is designed to provide collision avoidance for ground operations, Meg Godlewski writes for Flying.

PHOENIX - One of the axioms of aviation is you can do everything right, but if someone else messes up— like starting their takeoff roll before your airplane clears the active runway—you still get hurt, Meg Godlewski writes for FlyingContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

5 April 2024 - According to Thea Feyereisen, a flight safety expert, Honeywell’s SURF-A software will be like adding an ever-vigilant “third set of eyes” in the cockpit of an airliner or business jet.

“SURF-A will improve flight crew situational awareness and reduce the risk associated with runway incursions, which are happening more frequently as flight hours increase and airports get busier,” said Feyereisen, who is a senior technical fellow at Honeywell Aerospace Technologies.

“SmartRunway and SmartLanding set the standard for current-generation runway safety technology,” said Priyamvada Poyil, Director of Aerospace Offering Management for Honeywell’s EGPWS and traffic computer product line. “They are installed on about 5,000 commercial aircraft, which is around 20% of the world’s fleet. We regularly hear stories from airlines and pilots about how the software helped them avoid runway incursions, over-runs, and wrong-surface landings. We know that SmartRunway and SmartLanding are preventing accidents and saving lives.”

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Jamie Whitney, Senior Editor
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