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Re: About EGPWS

  •  10-24-2005, 11:18 PM

    Re: About EGPWS

    EGPWS provides pilots with situation awareness in a graphic map-like format when descending into airports surrounded by high terrain. Unlike the old dumb GPWS which reacts at the last moment and gives no clear indication which way to turn to get out of trouble, EGPWS gives an almost preventative picture of potential problems before it's too late.

    There was the case of an American Airlines 727 which descended to the runway at Chicago O'hare in 1993 with it's wheels up. because the old Sunstrand GPWS did not perceive the wheels up as a descent to land, it did not give the appropriate warning and the 727 scraped it's belly along the runway, struggled back to altitude and finally made a safe landing. GPWS also failed to warn pilots in a 1995 CFIT crash of a Dash 8 in NZ for similar reasons. (ie wheels up)
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