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FAA certifies GE?s 737NG flight management software update

15th April 2009 - 17:33 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given certification to GE Aviation's flight management system (FMS) software Update 10.8 for Boeing Next-Generation 737s. The new software is standard fit for all 737 production aircraft starting from February 2009.

“GE’s flight management system is an example of how we’re helping operators to reduce costs, while improving performance as it relates to on-time arrivals and less fuel, emissions, noise and less through-life cost,” said Lorraine Bolsinger, president and CEO of GE’s Aviation Systems. “We continue to work with customers and government bodies around the world in order to implement the technology and procedures necessary to reduce an aeroplane’s impact on the environment.” GE’s flight management system optimised descent is one of the most recent products to become 'ecomagination' qualified.

The FMS 10.8 software update provides improved operation, increased navigation database size for storage of a worldwide size database with 95% spare memory for growth, and supports the Aviation Partners Boeing blended winglet installation on all 737 Classic and Next-Generation aircraft. The FMS provides precision navigation compliant with the Required Navigation Performance (RNP) standards that allow reduced separation from terrain and other aircraft. RNP approach procedures also allow the aircraft to descend to lower altitudes when flying on instruments in reduced visibility conditions. The FMS provides output of the aircraft 4-dimensional trajectory to be used by air traffic control to enable integrated air–ground operations.

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