Duncan Aviation and Honeywell develop WAAS/LPV upgrade

Duncan Aviation and Honeywell have partnered to develop software for and certify Wide Area Augmentation System-Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (WAAS/LPV) upgrade capabilities for Honeywell Primus Epic CDS/R-equipped Falcon 900 aircraft.
“Through an unprecedented amount of teamwork and collaboration between our two companies, the Glass Box program for the Falcon 900 has taken a huge step forward with the addition of WAAS/LPV capability to aircraft equipped with Honeywell´s Primus Epic CDS/R solution,” said Gary Harpster, Senior Avionics Installations Marketing Rep., Duncan Aviation.
Primus Epic CDS/R is a liquid crystal display retrofit system which now provides WAAS-LPV functions that enable compliance with future air navigation mandates.
This functionality will enable pilots to operate with lower approach minima, allowing for more flights to land in lower visibility and low overcast conditions. There are more than 2,300 WAAS/LPV approaches in the United States, with new approaches being added on a regular basis.
The upgrade provides ILS-like guidance down to near CAT I ILS minimums (as low as 200 feet with * mile visibility). With a multitude of additional features such as Circle to Land Approaches, Multiple Approaches, TACAN Approaches, Vectors to Final, Auto Hold to Altitude, Enroute Holds and more.
Harpster said Honeywell and Duncan Aviation have both invested in the CDS/R cockpit panel upgrade solution, with Duncan Aviation having installed the major panel retrofit in 16 aircraft, including the Falcon 900, the Hawker 800A, the Hawker 1000, and the Gulfstream GIII.
“This WAAS/LPV upgrade shows the commitment our companies have to providing needed technology today while evolving the system to meet the future needs that operators will have. Duncan Aviation and Honeywell experts are working with European officials to understand the requirements for an EASA validation and EGNOS certification. Our team has the foundation necessary to make a European installation happen relatively quickly once these requirements are clarified,” Harpster said.