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Aviation supplier delivers software to Boeing

March 16, 2017
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A local aviation supplier has delivered a new flight management software update to Boeing.

Grand Rapids-based GE Aviation said this week the software update, or U13, is for the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

The new software is "standard fit" for all 737 MAX production airplanes, beginning with the 737 MAX entry into service in 2017 and will be available for in-service installation "across 737 fleets."

GE said the U13 flight management software builds on U12 functionality, which featured runway situational awareness enhancements and integrated approach and navigation optimization.

Alan Caslavka, president of Avionics for GE Aviation, said the 737 MAX flight management system is helping operators to “reduce costs, while improving performance, as it relates to on-time arrivals and less fuel, emissions and noise.”

“We’ve worked with Boeing to include new state-of-the-art technologies on the 737 MAX,” Caslavka said.

GE has installed flight management systems on more than 12,000 aircraft globally.

GE provides flight management systems for the Airbus A320/330/340, Boeing 767 and KC-46 tankers, U.S. Navy E-6 and P-8A, U.S. Air Force E-4 and C-130J, U.K. C-130J, Spanish Air Force C-130J and many other aircraft.

GE certified its first flight management computer in 1984.

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