A Kent company that pioneered satellite-based navigation procedures for commercial airliners has been been sold to General Electric Co.’s aviation unit.
Naverus Inc., founded by two Alaska Airlines pilots, has developed global positioning system-based procedures for navigating airliners precisely on complex landing and takeoff paths.
Alaska Airlines first developed those procedures in the mid-’90s for navigation to Alaska airports frequently socked in by bad weather and restricted by nearby mountainous terrain.
Naverus has developed Required Navigation Performance procedures for numerous airports in the U.S. and Australia. It has also created precise approach paths for Chinese airports in the Himalayas.
No price was disclosed for the purchase of the privately held Naverus. The company, which employs about 60 workers, will remain in Kent.