The MK VIII version of Honeywell's EGPWS is a Class A TAWS
that has been optimized for aircraft serving various markets. Offering
many of the features and interfaces of the MK V and 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 a display of terrain in the event the boundaries of the
alerting envelope have been exceeded. System configuration is controlled
via a programmable module.
The MK VIII offers a worldwide terrain database, making it ideal for
business jets and large turboprops with transcontinental missions. The
MK VIII can be flexibly configured for runway lengths 3,500 feet or
greater (for use in turbojets) or runway lengths 2,000 feet or greater (for use
in turboprops). Databases are loaded via a convenient ATA format PCMCIA
card using Honeywell's SmartCable interface.