Avianca first Latin American airline to equip fleet with ROPS
Avianca, an all-Airbus operator, will equip 21 of its A320 Family aircraft with the Airbus Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS).
This on-board cockpit technology increases pilots’ situational awareness during landing, reduces exposure to runway excursion risk, and, if necessary, provides active protection.
Runway excursions are the number one cause of commercial aviation accidents in the world. The patented Airbus ROPS system computes minimum realistic in-flight landing and on-ground stopping distances and compares them to available landing distances in real time.
The system combines data on weather, runway condition and topography, and aircraft weight and configuration. Depending on the resulting analysis, ROPS may prompt immediate callouts and alerts for pilots, assisting the crew in the go-around decision-making process and/or the timely application of stopping means on touchdown.
In November, Airbus achieved Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification of ROPS for the Airbus A320 Family. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certified ROPS on the A320ceo (current engine option) Family in August. American Airlines became the first ROPS customer for the Americas when it has elected to equip all of its A320 Family fleet with Airbus’ ROPS.