New avionic suites promise fuel savings and enhanced safety.
Avionics technology that enables required navigational performance (RNP) approaches, optimizing of flight routes and safer landings in difficult weather conditions or very low visibility is making its way from tests and evaluation to certification and implementation in general aviation aircraft and, increasingly, to airliners. Southwest Airlines now performs RNP approaches into 14 airports, including Chicago Midway, where it uses the technology to deconflict traffic going in and out ...
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