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How Is The A320ceo* Capable Of Runway Overrun Prevention..?


The ROPS system for the A320ceo aircraft, directly aims at increasing pilot’s situational awareness during the crucial moments of landing the aircraft:

Airbus’ ROPS System certified on A320ceo Family – (press release)

Airbus has achieved initial EASA certification of its innovative Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS) technology on A320ceo* Family aircraft. This on-board cockpit technology, which Airbus has pioneered over several years and is now in service on the A380, increases pilots’ situational awareness during landing, reduces exposure to runway excursion risk, and if necessary, provides active protection. In March this year American Airlines selected ROPS to equip its A320 Family fleet. This EASA certification of ROPS on the A320ceo is the next step in making ROPS available for line-fit and retrofit to other Airbus models including very soon the A320ceo with Sharklets, the A330 Family, and also the A320neo**. ROPS was first approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on the A380 in October 2009 and to date is currently in service or ordered on most of the A380 fleet.

*ceo = Current Engine Option
**neo = New Engine Option

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The ROPS system also services the A380 and it is included in the A350 XWB’s basic systems’ equipment:

Airbus’ ROPS System Earns EASA Certification –

ROPS is also part of the A350 XWB’s basic configuration. “Already in service on the A380, ROPS is the result of years of continuing research by Airbus,” said Yannick Malinge, Airbus’ Senior Vice President and Chief Product Safety Officer. He adds: “This initial EASA certification for ROPS on the A320 Family is an important new step to offering the enhanced safety benefits across all our aircraft and for the industry.” Runway excursion – meaning either an aircraft veering off the side of the runway, or overrunning at the very end – has become the primary cause of civil airliner hull losses in recent years, particularly as other formerly prevalent categories of aircraft accidents have now largely been eliminated. Furthermore, various industry bodies including the EASA, NTSB, Eurocontrol and FAA recognize this and are fully behind the introduction of effective measures by commercial aviation stakeholders to not only mitigate, but eliminate the risk of runway excursions. In line with this, Airbus is working to make ROPS commercially available for aircraft from other manufacturers. The system will be coupled to the mandatory Terrain Avoidance Warning System already fitted and will utilize an enhanced and specially developed version of its worldwide runway database.

*ceo = Current Engine Option
**neo = New Engine Option

More importantly the A320 family aircraft includes innovative airplanes which are also fuel efficient:

The A320 family 

The A320 family comprises four aircraft that share the same cockpit, fly with the same operating procedures, and have the same 3,96m wide cabin cross-section and systems. Consisting of the 107 seats A318, 124 seats A319, 150 seats A320 and 185 seats A321 – the A320 family is leader in the single-aisle jetliner with more than 3,700 aircraft sold worldwide. It offers maximum operational flexibility on short and medium-haul routes and lower operating costs that only a new-generation aircraft can offer; it is environmentally-friendly offering the lowest emissions and noise footprints in its class. Sharklets are around 2.5 metres tall and will replace the aircraft’s current wingtip fence. Offered as an option on new-build aircraft, Sharklets have been specially designed for the Airbus A320 Family to reduce fuel burn by up to an additional 3.5 percent, corresponding to an annual CO2 reduction of around 700 tonnes per aircraft. This reduction is equivalent to the CO2 produced by around 200 cars annually. The wingtip devices will also enhance the aircraft’s performance. The A320 is configured for 150 passengers in a two-class cabin layout or 164 in a single class, and has a range of up to 3,000 nm/5,550 km.

Finally, the A320ceo aircraft once again proves its innovation origin…


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