Honeywell Develops SURF-A to Address Rising Concerns Over Runway Safety

Honeywell has developed Surface Alert (SURF-A), a new software aimed at enhancing runway safety amidst increasing incidents of global runway incursions. Recent accidents, including a fatal collision in Tokyo, have underscored the critical need for improved technologies to prevent such occurrences. GPS information and automated dependent surveillance-broadcast equipment are used by SURF-A to identify the presence of people, cars, and airplanes on runways. The software implements auditory alarms and text displays on flight decks, alerting pilots to possible threats and improving their situational awareness during crucial flying phases..

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Despite the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) not mandating runway alert technologies like SURF-A, Honeywell is actively promoting its adoption among major airlines worldwide. The company aims to incentivize airlines to install the technology by highlighting its potential to mitigate risks associated with runway operations. Honeywell's efforts align with recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which advocates for the implementation of alert systems across transport category airplanes to enhance safety protocols. While the cost of installing SURF-A has not been disclosed, Honeywell anticipates it to be a more economical option compared to previous systems like ASDE-X, with the potential to be accessible for large-scale adoption across airline fleets once certified by 2026.

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