MIAMI — Airbus, Honeywell and Lufthansa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work jointly on the development of a runway safety solution for Lufthansa Group’s fleet.

The combination of Airbus’ Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS) and Honeywell’s SmartLanding technologies aims to set the highest standard in runway safety by combining the strengths of both technologies, intended to assists flight crews in preventing runway overruns.

Lufthansa will place its expertise at the service of Honeywell and Airbus respectively by contributing to the solution design and evaluation with the involvement of flight crews from the early stage of development.

So far, Lufthansa Group has a joint fleet of over 390 Airbus aircraft, including more than 280 Airbus A320 family aircraft and 14 A380. The group expects to take delivery of  up to 258 brand-new Airbus jetliners in the next decade, including 25 A350s.

Meeting Airbus ROPS System

ROPS is a performance-based alerting system, designed to calculate whether the aircraft can safely stop in the runway length remaining ahead of the aircraft. If at any point the system detects there is a risk of a runway overrun, flight deck alerts are generated to help the crew in their decision making.

According to Airbus, ROPS is in operation on approximately 430 aircraft, including A320, A330, A350 and A380 and has been selected by operators of 1,500 aircraft to be delivered. 

What is Honeywell SmartLanding?

Honeywell’s SmartLanding is a software enhancement to Honeywell’s Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS), which reduces the risk of runway excursion by alerting pilots if the aircraft is approaching the runway too high, too fast or is not configured properly for landing.

According to Honeywell, SmartLanding improves pilot situational awareness and helps break the chain of events that can lead to a runway excursion, by providing aural and visual alerts upon approach only if the aircraft has not met established safety criteria.

To date, the system has been installed on more than 30,000 airline and business aviation aircraft.