State-of-the-Art Landing System Introduced to Sydney Airport

Media Release

WT102/2014

02 July 2014

Precision approach capability to guide aircraft to landing is now available at Sydney Airport.

The installation of the Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) is the first of its type in the southern hemisphere.

The GBAS installation will guide suitably equipped aircraft to within one metre of the runway centre line on every approach, even in low visibility conditions.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss today joined officials from Sydney Airport, Qantas and Honeywell to officially launch the new technology.

“GBAS is a critical component of Australia's next generation air traffic management infrastructure, offering airlines and airports enhanced efficiency and capacity,” Mr Truss said.

“This new system improves the accuracy of aircraft positioning and can reliably guide up to 26 highly precise approach flight paths simultaneously, within a 42 kilometre radius from the airport.

“GBAS works by transmitting data directly to an aircraft's flight management system, and will help reduce maintenance costs and provide more efficient calibration than traditional instrument landing systems.”

Mr Truss said that Airservices Australia worked with Qantas to test and evaluate the Honeywell GBAS prior to introducing the technology.

“The Australian Government will continue to work with the airline industry to encourage fitment of GBAS-capable avionics,” he said.

“By integrating GBAS and other GPS-based operations with air traffic management, Australia is transitioning to a satellite-based, performance-driven air navigation system of the 21st century.”

Introduction of the new precision landing system reflects the Australian Government's commitment to deploying new technology to boost safety and service delivery in aviation.