The Federal Aviation Administration signed a $9 million agreement with Honeywell and Aviation Communications & Surveillance Systems (ACSS) to accelerate the testing and installation of NextGen technology.

Teams from the two companies will help the FAA test and develop technology that will be used on an airport's airfield to detect and alert pilots of potential safety issues.

Two Honeywell test planes and pilots from JetBlue and Alaska Airlines will be used from concept development through flight evaluation and demonstration. Honeywell will do the work at Seattle-Tacoma International and Snohomish County Paine Field (Everett, Wash.) airports.

ACSS will work with US Airways to develop standards, flight demonstrations and prototypes, equipping 20 Airbus A330s with cockpit displays, transponders, antennas, wiring kits and Class 2 Electronic Flight Bags. Demonstrations will be done at Philadelphia International Airport.

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