The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved Honeywell‘s Smartpath precision landing system in a bid to increase safety and efficiency at airports.

The new system will provide a precise navigation service down to 200ft using the global positioning system (GPS).

The first will be installed at Memphis in US and will begin operation by early 2010.

The system monitors GPS signals to detect errors and transmits correction messages to aircraft via local radio broadcast to all runways at an airport.

It also supplements the legacy instrument landing systems currently used.

The ground-based augmentation system (GBAS) will be improved over the years to enhance performance-based navigation, area navigation and required navigation performance operations.

FAA administrator Randy Babbitt said the approval of Honeywell’s system marks the successful completion of a partnership between the FAA and Airservices Australia to build and certify a GBAS.