The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has signed an agreement with Honeywell Aerospace and Hughes Aerospace Corporation to develop performance-based navigation procedures for Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport (TAC) in Tacloban that is expected to enable safer, more reliable and consistent operations under all weather conditions.
The new navigation procedures will be used to improve aid, relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts for the Leyte region, Tacloban and the surrounding areas following the catastrophic effects of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Honeywell and Hughes will absorb the entire cost of the development of these approaches at the airport to ensure that the flow of relief supplies is not impacted.
The new performance-based navigation (PBN) approaches will allow TAC to move away from legacy ground-based navigation aids to satellite-based technologies using area navigation procedures. This will enable a lowering of the approach minimums that were in place before the typhoon.
This shift in systems will allow aircraft carrying relief supplies to the Leyte region to fly a more stable and accurate flight path, allowing shorter and more direct routes as well as more efficient takeoffs and landings.
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