Bush Intercontinental Airport Marks Arrival of Groundbreaking Technology to Increase Flight Capacity

 Bush Intercontinental Airport Marks Arrival of Groundbreaking Technology to
                           Increase Flight Capacity

New technology will enhance precision approaches and landings at one of the
top ten busiest airports in the country

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, April 22, 2013

HOUSTON, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --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. This new system delivers a
cost-effective solution to increase airport capacity, decrease air traffic
noise and reduce weather-related delays.

"The Houston Airports are among the most innovative and progressive in the
nation when it comes to safety and efficiently connecting passengers to
destinations around the world," said Mario Diaz, director of the Houston
Airports. "It is imperative that we continue to invest in new technology that
enhances the aviation sector."

Honeywell's SmartPath GBAS system augments GPS signals so they can be used for
precision navigation in the approach and landing phases of flight. The
flexible approaches provided by GBAS may produce a significant reduction in
aircraft delays and carbon emissions at airports.The project is a component
of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Next Generation Air
Transportation System (NextGen). It's a migration from what is considered to
be a ground-based air navigation system to a satellite-based navigation system
which uses the same GPS that you use in your cars today.

"There is a great opportunity for SmartPath to modernize the flight experience
for airline passengers," said Pat Reines, senior manager, SmartPath Ground
Based Augmentation Systems at Honeywell Aerospace. "We're looking forward to
helping Houston passengers and visitors' experience more flights that depart
and arrive on time."

United Airlines will operate the flights with a Boeing 737 aircraft equipped
with global navigation satellite system (GNSS) landing system (GLS) technology
to receive the GBAS landing approach data. United was an early leader in
NextGen technology, taking delivery of GLS-equipped aircraft since 2009.

"We believe that GBAS is the air carrier precision landing system of the
future," said Captain Joe Burns, United's managing director of technology and
flight test. "We continue to work closely with the FAA and our industry
partners on GBAS and other NextGen initiatives."

GBAS can provide aircraft with guidance to as low as 200 feet above the
surface of the runway, referred to as a Category I approach. The FAA is
currently validating the requirements for a GBAS to support Category II and
Category III precision approach operations which would guide an aircraft to
the surface of the runway. GBAS represents the only currently feasible
satellite-based navigation solution for Category II/III precision approach

Houston Airport System (HAS) served more than 50 million passengers in 2012,
ranking as the 4^th largest multi-airport system in the U.S. Houston's three
airports, George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby Airport
(HOU), and Ellington Airport (EFD) contribute more than $27 billion to the
regional economy. IAH is the 7th busiest airport in the nation and is the
largest hub for the world's largest airline. IAH and HOU offer 21 airlines
providing nonstop flights to more than 180 destinations worldwide. For more
information, visitwww.fly2houston.com or follow us on Twitter @IAH or

SOURCE Houston Airport System

Website: http://www.fly2houston.com
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