Honeywell launches navigation system testing for private jets

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Honeywell has launched a built-in testing capability for Future Air Navigation Systems as part of its VHF and satellite communications services for business and general aviation.

The built-in testing capability is being offered as part of the company’s GoDirect Datalink communications system. Once GoDirect has been installed, the test enables aircraft operators to verify that the navigation system is working correctly, so operators and pilots know that they have access to satellite communication and navigation before take-off.

Operators that already have the GoDirect Datalink service installed on their aircraft can have access to the Future Air Navigation Systems (FANS) testing capability upon request, without the installation of any additional hardware.

FANS was developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in partnership with the aviation industry to more efficiently use airspace. The system uses satellite navigation and communications to create a virtual radar environment for the safe passage of aircraft and is used primarily over oceans.

John Peterson, senior director of connectivity services at Honeywell Aerospace said, “Having a successfully installed FANS system lets pilots more efficiently communicate with air traffic control. Access to FANS testing provides operators with peace of mind that their system is working and ready to perform the mission.”

FANS testing should take place on aircraft after maintenance. The service also provides troubleshooting support, a preflight FANS check before take-off and inflight testing.

The system also provides a report showing results and required communication performance before they fly.

January 10, 2018

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