President Gore and FAA Confirm Requirement For Enhanced
Flight Safety System Supplied Exclusively By AlliedSignal
REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 15,
1998--In a press conference in Washington, D.C.
yesterday, Vice President Al Gore and Federal Aviation
Administrator Jane Garvey announced safety regulations
that would require passenger aircraft to be equipped with
enhanced systems to prevent collision into terrain.
AlliedSignal Inc. (NYSE: ALD) is the only manufacturer
licensed by the FAA to produce the enhanced system, the
Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS).
AlliedSignal estimates the worldwide potential market for
Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning Systems at $1 billion.
Last December, the Air
Transportation Association (ATA) announced a voluntary
agreement to install the EGPWS on about 4,300 ATA member
airplanes by 2003. There are more than 40,000 other
commercial, military, corporate and other general
aviation aircraft worldwide whose operators are potential
customers for the sophisticated safety system. New
versions of AlliedSignal's EGPWS will make advanced
terrain alert available for virtually every type of
The controlled flight of aircraft
into terrain is the leading cause of aircraft fatalities
worldwide. EGPWS uses global positioning systems and a
unique on-board global terrain database which provides
pilots with a graphic picture of the terrain in front of
them. It also provides up to 60 seconds of advance audio
warning in the event the aircraft is on a course to
collide with terrain. Traditional ground proximity
warning systems provide only 10 to 15 seconds advance
warning and no display.
"AlliedSignal is the
technological leader in flight safety avionics,"
said Bob Johnson, President, AlliedSignal Electronic
& Avionics Systems. "We are ready to meet the
anticipated strong demand for our EGPWS, which is
relatively inexpensive and easy to install. The system
complements our traffic collision avoidance systems,
flight data and cockpit voice recorders, predictive
windshear systems and weather radar systems, which help
set the standard for aviation safety worldwide."
AlliedSignal Electronic &
Avionics Systems manufactures a wide range of electronics
for military, space and commercial aviation. The parent
company, AlliedSignal Inc., is a $14.5-billion advanced
technology and manufacturing company, serving customers
worldwide with aerospace and automotive products,
chemicals, fibers, plastics and advanced materials.
Information about AlliedSignal is available on the
internet at http://www.alliedsignal.com/ .