Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) - News


November 21, 2013 - SESAR Tests ILS-for-GBAS Swap in Europe

In September, SESAR partnered with Honeywell, Airbus, Thales, DFS and Eurocontrol to carry out flight tests with a Dassault Falcon 900EX business jet using GBAS CAT II/III ground equipment (GASTD) at both Frankfurt and Toulouse. For full article, please follow this link.


April 22, 2013 - Bush Intercontinental Airport Marks Arrival of Groundbreaking Technology to Increase Flight Capacity

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Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) became fully operational with the first precision approach flown by a United Airlines aircraft using Honeywell's SmartPath Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) on Monday, April 22. IAH is one of two airports in the country participating in a pilot program, in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), United Airlines and Honeywell to demonstrate the use of GBAS. For full article, please follow this link

November 8, 2012 - United Cleared for Newark GBAS

The Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) at Newark Liberty International Airport has been given the green light, clearing the way for United Airlines to start regular passenger flights using its specially equipped Boeing 737-800 and 737-900 fleet. For full article, please follow this link

September 28, 2012 - First U.S. Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) Operational at Newark Airport

A milestone in the development of the Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) was reached on September 28, 2012 with the operational approval of the GBAS installed at Newark Liberty International Airport.   For full article, please follow this link

February 13, 2012 - Satellite-Based Precision Landing System Now Operational

GNSS Landing System (GLS)
On 9th of February, the first fully operational GNSS Landing System (GLS) approach to CAT I decision height was made.
On 9th of February, the first fully operational GNSS Landing System (GLS) approach to CAT I decision height was made by an AirBerlin flight to Bremen airport in Germany; this marks the beginning of the operational use of satellite navigation (GNSS) for all phases of flight, including the most critical approach and automatic landing phases.

GLS is a precision approach operation using the ICAO-standard GBAS (Ground Based Augmentation System) components. It is the result of over 15 years of collaboration between multiple international partners. It is an alternative to the current precision approach standard, the instrument-based landing system (ILS). For full article, please follow this link

February 10, 2012 - Airberlin Starts Using Satellite-Based Precision Landing System for Regular Flight Operations

Following the German Federal Office for Air Traffic Control's accreditation of the ground station for the new satellite-based approach and landing system GBAS (Ground Based Augmentation System) as a primary landing system, airberlin will be the first airline in Europe to use satellite-based landings on regular flights at Bremen Airport. For full article, please follow this link

February 9, 2012 - Satellite-Based Landing System Certified - GBAS Debut at Bremen Airport

The satellite-based precision approach system GBAS (Ground Based Augmentation System) has received the German type certification as a primary landing system by the Federal Supervisory Authority for Air Navigation Services (BAF) and may be used independently of the instrument landing system (ILS) which has been is use for decades for instrument flights. For full article, please follow this link

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The Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) program is managed by the FAA Aviation NextGen and Operations Planning Service Unit (ANG-C32) at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center. More information can be found at http://laas.tc.faa.gov/