A new integrated global navigation satellite system (GNSS) for the Fokker 100 and Fokker 70 aircraft has been introduced by Fokker Services.

The integrated GNSS system will enable the Fokker operators to obtain a more accurate aircraft track thereby keeping performance by allowing for shorter approaches and lower decision heights.

The system will also reduce flight time, fuel consumption and carbon emissions and enhance safety.

Air Niugini, the national airline of Papua New Guinea will be the first to launch the system onto one of its Fokker 100s for certification test flight process.

With the system, the airlines will be able to use satellite-based navigation and approach capability without flight management and autopilot system upgrades and meet required navigation performance.

The technology will also aid in improving air traffic management infrastructure.

Fokker is partnering with FreeFlight Systems, a provider of the GPS sensors and other equipment for the development of the GNSS and plans to extend this concept to other aircraft types in the future.

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