Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System ( EGPWS )

Ground Proximity Warning System (GPWS) monitors the aircraft's height above ground as determined by a radio altimeter. A computer then keeps track of these readings, calculates trends, and can predict trouble ahead. An audible warning is given if there is any possibility of danger. If the plane is descending at too steep an angle during descent, is descending too rapidly, has insufficient terrain clearance, or is flying towards higher terrain, the pilot is given a warning to make adjustments immediately. Since the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) required large airplanes to carry such equipment in 1974, the number of accidents due to CFIT has dropped from 7-18 a year to 1-2 a year.

Falcon, USA, Inc,Aircraft parts, tooling, ground support, sales & leasing, EGPWS, TCAS, Proximity, Miami, FloridaThe MK-VIII version of EGPWS has been optimized for aircraft serving various markets. Offering most of the features of the MK-V/MK-VII EGPWS, the MK-VIII helps to prevent accidents caused by Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT).

The system achieves this by using a number of aircraft inputs, applying proprietary alerting algorithms, and alerting the crew with aural messages, visual indications, and displays in the event the boundaries of the alerting envelope have been exceeded. Once in use, customers receive free database updates, as they become available.