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July 20, 2015

Airbus gets EASA certification to use runway-overrun prevention technology on A330 aircraft

France based aircraft maker Airbus has received EASA certification for its Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS) technology that the company created several years ago.

France based aircraft maker Airbus has received EASA certification for its Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS) technology that the company created several years ago.

The on-board cockpit technology is an alerting system, which significantly reduces runway-overrun and excursion risk. Runway excursion occurs, when an aircraft veers off the side of the runway or overshoots the runway.

The problem is said to be the main cause of hull losses, Airbus said.

"Already in service on the A380, A350 and A320 Families, ROPS is the result of years of continuing research by Airbus."

Airbus also added that various aviation industry bodies like EASA, NTSB, Eurocontrol and FAA understand the risk and are supportive of the launch of effective measures by commercial aviation stakeholders to reduce runway excursions risk.

Airbus said that European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) was the first industrial body to approve ROPS on the A380 in October 2009.

Airbus also highlighted that Korean Air will become the first A330 operator to use the technology on its A330s, and the technology will be rolled out to all Airbus families later.

The aircraft maker said that A330 is one of the popular widebody aircraft, which has been delivered to nearly 110 operators worldwide.

Airbus head of customer services Didier Lux said: "Already in service on the A380, A350 and A320 Families, ROPS is the result of years of continuing research by Airbus.

"This EASA certification for ROPS on the A330 Family is an example where innovative technology and services meet for the benefit of operators and aviation safety, and is thus an important step to offering the enhanced operational benefits across all our aircraft."

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