#Success 18/01/2018

NAVBLUE and Honeywell Aerospace combined Runway Safety Solution

Airbus’s flight operations subsidiary NAVBLUE and Honeywell Aerospace Announce combined Runway Safety Solution Collaboration together with the Lufthansa Group


  • Two complementary technologies (ROPS and SmartLanding) now offerable as a combined package
  • Further enhancing runway safety for the industry


Following the tri-partite Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) announced in July 2016 between Lufthansa group, Honeywell Aerospace and Airbus, NAVBLUE, the Airbus’ wholly-owned Flight Operations and Air Traffic Management subsidiary, and Honeywell have signed an agreement to offer to their respective customers Honeywell SmartLanding® and ROPS (Runway Overrun Prevention System) as a combined solution. This new solution is targeted to be certified on both Airbus and non-Airbus aircraft.


This collaboration brings to the industry the highest standard in runway safety by combining the strengths of two leading technologies: The unique performance-based runway overrun protection of ROPS and, the increased situational awareness during approach and landing provided by Honeywell’s SmartLanding® solution.

ROPS is a performance-based alerting system developed by Airbus, which assists crews in preventing runway overruns. Certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), ROPS is in operation on more than 800 aircraft, including A320, A330, A350 and A380. ROPS has also been selected on 1,500 aircraft to be delivered.

Honeywell’s SmartLanding system 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. SmartLanding is a software enhancement to Honeywell’s Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System installed on more than 30,000 commercial and business aviation aircraft.

“This agreement is a major step-forward for the enhancement of runway safety in the industry by associating the best of both technologies. I trust this will allow us to meet airlines’ long standing requirement for an harmonized solution independent of aircraft types that addresses most of the factors contributing to landing incidents.” said Thomas Lagaillarde, Head of Bespoke solutions at NAVBLUE

If you are interested in the solution, please contact sales@navblue.aero


NAVBLUE is an aviation services company, wholly owned by Airbus, dedicated to Flight Operations and Air Traffic Management Solutions. Through digital & collaborative innovation, our passionate and customer-focused team develops solutions to enhance the safety and efficiency of air transport. Fuelled by the agility of Airbus ProSky and Navtech, and the pioneering spirit of Airbus, NAVBLUE was created in July 2016 with one mission: Lead aviation into the digital age. www.navblue.aero


About Airbus

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016 it generated revenues of €67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats and business aviation products. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

About Honeywell Aerospace

Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defence and space aircraft, and its turbochargers are used by nearly every automaker and truck manufacturer around the world. The Aerospace business unit develops innovative solutions for more fuel-efficient automobiles and airplanes, more direct and on-time flights, safer flying and runway traffic, along with aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity services, logistics, and more. The business delivers safer, faster, and more efficient and comfortable transportation-related experiences worldwide. For more information, visit www.honeywell.com or follow us at @Honeywell_Aero and @Honeywell_Turbo.

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