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GE Aviation Receives ICAO Endorsement for Instrument Flight Procedure Design

Thursday, October 18, 2012

GE Aviation Receives ICAO Endorsement for Instrument Flight Procedure Design09:28 EDT Thursday, October 18, 2012 KENT, Wash. & MONTREAL (Business Wire) -- At the ICAO Performance-based Navigation (PBN) Symposium this week, GE Aviation received ICAO's endorsement as a qualified instrument flight procedure design organization. The endorsement will assist countries in identifying instrument flight procedure (IFP) design companies as they move to deploy PBN. GE Aviation's portfolio of PBN services are designed to complement an Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) existing design organization by offering full design services or support during the design and implementation process. “This endorsement highlights GE Aviation's expertise relating to design and deployment of beneficial PBN paths that ICAO is requiring by 2016,” said Giovanni Spitale, general manager for GE's PBN Services business. “Our PBN business has been an industry pioneer in PBN implementation since 2003 and GE is pleased to continue working with ICAO states to support their PBN programs.” GE Aviation was one of five service providers to receive the endorsement, ensuring it can proficiently develop safe and compliant flight procedures. To gain the endorsement, GE Aviation had to verify it met certain ICAO conditions and criteria, including effective quality and safety management systems, qualified and competent designers and published operational IFPs. ICAO's endorsement complements GE Aviation's other recognitions as a qualified PBN design company including: FAA Letter of Qualification to provide public-use RNP AR instrument flight procedures in U.S. airspace; FAA certified RNP SAAAR approval consultant; procedure design certification from the Australian regulator Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA); instrument flight procedure service certification from the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand; and qualification from Transport Canada to design and maintain PBN procedures. PBN technology allows aircraft to fly precisely-defined flight paths without relying on ground-based radio-navigation signals. Required Navigation Performance (RNP) procedures, an advanced form of PBN technology, can be designed to shorten the distance an aircraft has to fly en-route, to reduce fuel burn and exhaust emissions and to reduce noise pollution in communities near airports. Because of RNP's precision and reliability, the technology can help air traffic controllers reduce flight delays and alleviate air traffic congestion. Visit our ATM blog. GE Aviation's PBN Services unit is a world leader in the design and deployment of PBN and is working with aircraft operators and air traffic management providers in Australia, Canada, Central and South America, China, Europe, New Zealand, and the United States to implement PBN solutions. Its RNP Services is an ecomagination qualified product. Learn more about GE's PBN Services by clicking here. GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet engines, components and integrated systems for commercial and military aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings. For more information, visit us at www.ge.com/aviation. GE works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company's website at www.ge.com. GE AviationJennifer Villarreal, + 1 616 241 8643jennifer.villarreal3@ge.com