Sept 08, 2016: All cargo carrier Cargolux becomes the second cargo carrier to utilise the Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston.
The Luxembourg based carrier has been operating at the airport since 2011.
Cargolux will use GBAS to land at Bush Airport on September 11, 2016, joining Cathay Pacific as one of two cargo-focused airlines using the technology at the Houston destination.
GBAS provides navigation and precision approach service for incoming aircraft, and yields the extremely high accuracy, availability, efficiency and integrity necessary for precision approaches.
In 2013, Bush Airport became just the second airport in the United States to implement the advanced technology.
Houston Airports was part of a pilot program with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), United Airlines and Honeywell Aerospace Systems, joining Newark Liberty International Airport in implementing the advanced technology in 2013. The project is part of the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System program.
Houston Airports is exploring a possible software upgrade that would enhance the GBAS capabilities, potentially expanding its effectiveness and use in bad weather conditions.