Honeywell's RAAS Gains European Approvals

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Also at Paris this week, Honeywell announced the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and France's Direction Générale de l'Aviation Civile (DGAC) have given initial approvals to the company's Runway Awareness and Advisory System (RAAS) in Europe. EASA issued a Supplemental Type Certificate covering RAAS installation on Learjet 31, 35, 36, 55 and 60 series aircraft while the French regulatory authorities approved it for the Boeing 777. The FAA certified RAAS last year and it has since been approved aboard a diverse set of business jet and air transport aircraft. "This is a major stride in safety improvement for Europe, since runway incursions and other related ground accidents are increasing at an unacceptable rate," said Frank Daly, president of Honeywell Commercial Electronic Systems. Honeywell's RAAS is a software add-on for the company's EGPWS that gives pilots an aural warning when they are entering a runway and at other crucial points on the airport surface. It also advises pilots of the identification of the runway they are using, whether the runway is too short, and whether they are attempting to take off from a taxiway.