GPS tracking software doesn’t just help streamline fleet management on the roads. At traffic hubs such as O’Hare International, planes can spend a ridiculous amount of time waiting for their turn to land. And at airports like Rio de Janeiro- Galeao International, pilots must contend with tight flight paths to avoid crowded areas, centers and hills on their final approach. However, a new hyper-accurate GPS tracking software system can change all of this—no longer will airliners have to contend with land-locked navigation beacons and overworked control towers.
This new technology is known as Required Navigation Performance (RNP). Rather than the Eisenhower-era traffic management systems and land-based radio navigation beacons we’ve been using. RNP uses GPS satellite navigation to track planes with an accuracy of 32 feet and within 10 seconds of their arrival. It also demands that the planes fly along specific three-dimensional flight paths. This results in a more efficient flight path for the plane, shorter flight times for travelers, reduced fuel costs for the airlines, and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
RNP is more of a comprehensive GPS fleet tracking software system than any one specific piece of technology. It combines software, hardware, and procedure very similar to what’s known as area navigation (RNAV, which differs in that it doesn’t require on-board performance monitoring and alerting should the pilot make a mistake and fly outside the lines) to ensure that all aircraft operating within a specific airspace are doing so within bounds of at least 95% of the time. This allows air traffic controllers to develop specific landing approaches that avoid noise-sensitive areas and geographical obstacles.
The level of tolerance an RNP allows can vary, depending on the specific topological conditions. If an area has an RNP of 10—such as over oceans, all aircraft operating within that space must be able to calculate their positions within a 10 nautical mile radius.
This technology has slowly been gaining traction at airports around the world in recent years, but the pace of adoption is quickening…especially with the very real cost savings the GPS tracking software and system provides. Brazil has installed the system at nearly a dozen airports in the country and has seen amazing results. Planes travel 22 miles less and spend 7.5 fewer minutes per landing than before, translating into an estimated 1.620 fewer lbs of emissions and $24 million in operational savings over the next 5 years. In New Zealand’s Queenstown airports, the system reduced monthly cumulative delays from 2,400 minutes to 200 minutes. Temuco, Chile and Cajamarca, Peru have both seen drastically simplified approach patterns in these very mountainous regions by utilizing RNP GPS tracking software technology. In Cusco, Peru, on the slopes of Machu Picchu—the system has reduced weather-based flight cancellations by 60 %.
Point being, these systems are being employed all over the world in a variety of different ways. GPS Tracking America specializes in GPS tracking software for the fleet-based business. Let us show you the differences that our GPS fleet management solution can provide your business. Contact GPS Tracking America about our GPS tracking software by calling us at 877-477(GPS)0987, or messaging our sales staff here