Honeywell has unveiled an all-new aircraft cockpit system with an always-on, cloud-connected experience that improves flight efficiency, operations, safety and comfort.

Honeywell releases cloud-connected cockpit system

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Honeywell has unveiled an all-new aircraft cockpit system with an always-on, cloud-connected experience that improves flight efficiency, operations, safety and comfort.

Honeywell has unveiled an all-new aircraft cockpit system with an always-on, cloud-connected experience that improves flight efficiency, operations, safety and comfort.

The Honeywell Anthem flight deck offers improved levels of connectivity, an intuitive interface modelled after everyday smart devices, and a highly scalable and customisable design. Honeywell Anthem is powered by a flexible software platform that can be customised for virtually every type of aircraft and flying vehicle, including large passenger and cargo planes, business jets, helicopters, general aviation aircraft, and the rapidly emerging class of advanced air-mobility (AAM) vehicles.

“Honeywell is not just launching a new flight deck today — we are changing the way pilots operate aircraft and creating a more intuitive experience than ever,” said Mike Madsen, President and CEO, Honeywell Aerospace. “In the same way we moved from flip phones to smartphones, Honeywell Anthem will transform the pilot experience with customisable controls operated quickly and easily with a few swipes of the finger.”

Honeywell Anthem generates and transfers data from ground-based servers so those involved in a flight’s operations have the information they always need. An aircraft doesn’t need to be powered on for pilots and maintainers to see the information they might need prior to launching a flight.

“Everyone who touches a flight is able to get information that matters to them when they need it,” said Vipul Gupta, Vice President and General Manager, Avionics, Honeywell Aerospace. “The aircraft becomes accessible via the cloud computing infrastructure, and things like maintenance data, flight plans and overall aircraft status are stored automatically by the avionics or via ground-based applications used by support personnel. This means data is accessible by any authorized user from anywhere.”

Honeywell Anthem seamlessly integrates with popular electronic flight bag planning applications to let pilots create, store and retrieve flight plans from anywhere. After pilots load the flight plan remotely, it will be ready and waiting when they arrive at the aircraft. The new Mission Manager function allows fuelling teams, ground transportation and caterers are aware of the mission plan, even if the plan has to change due to unexpected weather.

A smartphone-like, easy-to-use interface provides pilots and operations personnel with several capabilities that dramatically improve access to data, improving operational efficiency and safety. This includes allowing pilots or operators to customise the layout of digital displays within the cockpit to their preference. Honeywell Anthem uses visualisation and modern graphical and gesture-based methods, making the flight deck much easier to use.

Another of Honeywell Anthem’s unique features is a web browser that allows third-party applications and websites to run in the Honeywell Anthem cockpit, which also integrates with Honeywell Forge, a software platform that includes in-air and on-ground solutions for flight operations, flight efficiency, and connected maintenance in a single user interface.

“When you combine unprecedented connectivity and new features with our brand new, intuitive user interface that can be tailored to look and feel exactly how a pilot wants, you’ve got a truly game-changing system,” Gupta said. “Honeywell Anthem is going to bring us closer to our shared industry goals of better pilot experiences and more autonomous flight.”

Honeywell Aspire 350

Honeywell becomes Value-Added Manufacturer for Iridium NEXT

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Honeywell Aspire 350

Honeywell has become a Value-Added Manufacturer of aviation terminals for the Iridium NEXT network. The Aspire 150 and 350 satellite communications systems are the first aviation satcom solutions to demonstrate connectivity at up to 700 kbps via the Iridium Certus service.

“We have made great technological strides with our Aspire 150 and 350 systems since announcing the products in 2018,” said Mark Goodman, Director, Product Management, Honeywell Aerospace. “We have successfully transmitted over the Iridium network at speeds up to 700 kbps with pre-qualification form, fit and function aviation equipment. This demonstrates not only our great progress toward certification, but also our commitment to bring the best and latest high-speed connectivity to our customers around the world.”

Both the Aspire 150 and Aspire 350 systems are simple to install, minimising upgrade costs and aircraft downtime. The new Aspire systems are also smaller than previous generations, reducing weight and boosting fuel savings. According to Honeywell, Aspire 150 provides operators with affordable, fast, reliable connectivity at a fraction of traditional costs. In addition to these same benefits, Aspire 350 includes the global Future Air Navigation System datalink for pilots to take advantage of preferred routing worldwide, as well as cockpit satellite voice capabilities. It provides legacy Iridium cockpit safety services and Certus high-speed voice and data connectivity in a compact, lightweight package.

Honeywell has successfully connected to the Iridium NEXT satellites and transmitted data over the satellite network. Connectivity with the satellites was achieved using a very small, light active high gain antenna. Other components in the system include the satellite data unit (SDU), the SDU configuration module and a low gain antenna. Certification is planned for the fourth quarter of 2021 for both the Aspire 150 and Aspire 350.

Honeywell and SmartSky target business aviation operators

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Honeywell has been appointed an authorised value-added reseller for SmartSky Networks’ air-to-ground services for North American business aviation operators.

The two companies have worked together since 2019, when Honeywell was named a value-added reseller by SmartSky for the commercial aviation market.

“Honeywell Aerospace has been a trusted commercial aviation partner to SmartSky,” said SmartSky CEO David Helfgott. “Expanding our relationship to include business aviation marks yet another important milestone and expands our ability to address this underserved market. Honeywell’s proven track record in providing innovative connectivity and flight services aligns well with SmartSky’s vision to enable and empower the emerging connected aircraft ecosystem.”

SmartSky’s air-to-ground network leverages 5G technologies to provide a reliable, more secure and affordable in-flight connectivity (IFC) solution for airlines and business aviation operators that want full-functioning IFC.

“This agreement with SmartSky expands the suite of connectivity services we offer business aviation customers operating routes throughout North America and will work seamlessly with the Honeywell Forge software and services platform,” said John Peterson, Vice President and General Manager, Software and Services, Honeywell Aerospace. “SmartSky’s Skytelligence platform, digital services and shipset products represent the latest in connectivity advancement, providing our customers best-in-class value for their networked aircraft needs.”

The Honeywell GoDirect Router will be authorised for use on the SmartSky Network for those business aviation customers choosing to partake of the full complement of Honeywell services and support.

The Honeywell UV Cabin System is roughly the size of an aircraft beverage cart and has UVC light arms that extend over the top of seats and sweep the cabin to treat aircraft surfaces.

Qatar Airways operates latest version of Honeywell’s UV Cabin System

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The Honeywell UV Cabin System is roughly the size of an aircraft beverage cart and has UVC light arms that extend over the top of seats and sweep the cabin to treat aircraft surfaces.

Qatar Airways becomes the first global carrier to operate Honeywell’s Ultraviolet (UV) Cabin System version 2.0, further advancing its hygiene measures on board.

The latest version of the Honeywell UV Cabin System that is owned and operated by Qatar Aviation Services (QAS), has been introduced to add flexibility, improve reliability, mobility and ease of use compared to its predecessor, with extended UV wings that treat both narrow and wide areas on board, reducing the overall disinfection time. This version also includes a hand wand that disinfects areas like the cockpit and other smaller spaces and is non-motorised leading to less battery consumption. In clinical tests, UV light has been shown to be capable of inactivating various viruses and bacteria when properly applied.

After receiving 17 units of the latest version of the Honeywell UV Cabin System V2, the devices have all undergone comprehensive testing on board Qatar Airways’ aircraft. The airline aims to operate them on board all aircraft turnarounds at Hamad International Airport (HIA).

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive,. Akbar Al Baker, said: “As the first global airline to operate the latest version of the Honeywell UV Cabin System V2 on board our aircraft, it is significantly more user friendly and technologically advanced. QAS has continued to maintain our impeccable service during the outbreak of COVID-19, specifically supporting with repatriation flights and increased cargo workloads.

“As the first global airline in the world to achieve the prestigious Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating, the first airline in the Middle East to begin trials of the innovative new IATA Travel Pass ‘Digital Passport’ mobile app, and most recently, the first airline in the world to operate a flight with fully vaccinated crew and passengers – it is in our core to continuously be at the forefront of innovation, and to keep implementing the latest safety and hygiene measures on board and on the ground.”

Honeywell UV cabin cleaning system

GA Telesis offering latest Honeywell UV Treatment System

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Honeywell UV cabin cleaning system

GA Telesis has expanded its Tarmac Solutions Group inventory with the latest version of Honeywell’s UV Treatment System.

The new version is lighter and easier to navigate within aircraft cabins. Other enhancements include a handheld wand and increased mobility, allowing access in the confined areas of the cockpit and lavatories. These latest features can now also be applied to other transportation modes outside of aviation including bus, rail, cruise liners, and automobiles. In some cases, when compared with other products on the market, the UV Treatment System can deliver results that are up to 80% more cost-effective per application with no chemical induction.

“GA Telesis is proud to continue our long partnership with Honeywell in bringing this latest state-of-the-art technology to market as airlines rebuild their networks,” said Jason Reed, President of the Flight Solutions Group. “With the success of our initial agreement for the Honeywell UV Cabin System, we have no doubt this new product will be a hit with the industry and bring passengers back to airlines sooner than expected,” added Reed.

Aero-Sense ASD is the first aerosolised aircraft insecticide worldwide to receive an approval for sale and use in all 27 Members States of the European Union, including Iceland, Norway and Switzerland, is now available to airline customers.

Aircraft insecticide gets EU approval for sale

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Aero-Sense ASD is the first aerosolised aircraft insecticide worldwide to receive an approval for sale and use in all 27 Members States of the European Union, including Iceland, Norway and Switzerland, is now available to airline customers.

The first aerosolised aircraft insecticide worldwide to receive an approval for sale and use in all 27 Members States of the European Union, including Iceland, Norway and Switzerland, is now available to airline customers.

The collaborative efforts of Aero-Sense and Honeywell’s Industrial Aerosols department, Aircraft Insecticide ASD, is the first to acquire a Union Authorisation under the European Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) successfully, whilst meeting World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations, as well as in IATA and ICAO guidelines.

“Only a product that is 100% tested conform safety requirements passes this strict evaluation process,” said Jochen Rosseel, COO at Aero-Sense. “Our aircraft insecticide ASD does not only protect the health and safety of passengers and crew, but it also gains their trust.”

Under the BPR, manufactures have to prove no carcinogenic, endocrine disrupting or toxic substances are present in the product.

“We strongly believe this is the way forward,” Jochen Rosseel explained: “It’s not only future proof in terms of emission requirements. Our Aircraft Insecticide ASD holds an approval for sale and use in the entire European Union, including Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. Making it a legal one-stop-shop solution for any airline flying in and out of the EU.”

Using Honeywell’s non-flammable Solstice propellant also makes the product one of the greenest options on the market. Under the European Regulation on the use of fluorinated greenhouse gases, technical aerosols are required to have a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of less than 150.

According to Rosseel, previous generation aircraft insecticides usually have a GWP of more than 1,300 as they contain harmful HFCs. The switch to the new propellant reduces the GWP of the Aero-Sense Insecticide to less than 1, far exceeding the EU requirements.

Close up of engine blades

Satair and Honeywell build commercial aviation aftermarket support

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Close up of engine blades

Satair and Honeywell Aerospace are bringing their long-standing and successful business relationship in the business jet market, to the global commercial aviation aftermarket.

The partners have signed a multi-year commercial agreement covering the exclusive worldwide distribution for mechanical and air thermal components for use on Airbus A320, A330, A340, and A380 aircraft. Additionally, the distribution agreement covers the A350 platform on a non-exclusive basis.

Bart Reijnen, Chief Executive Officer, Satair comments: “We are very pleased to develop our partnership with Honeywell Aerospace and build our commercial aviation aftermarket support. With this new program, we enhance our commitment toward continuous customer satisfaction through the fulfillment of on-time delivery for Airbus operators and maintenance providers worldwide. “

Honeywell’s range of electronic and electro-pneumatic systems for air and thermal management are lightweight systems monitor and control cabin temperature and airflow in the cockpit, passenger, and cargo areas and provide cooling for avionics. They also manage the aircraft’s engine bleed air systems and pneumatic de-icing systems.

Anthony Florian, Vice President, EMEAI, Honeywell Aerospace stated: “Honeywell’s appointment of Satair is an expansion of our existing strong relationship. We already have two other agreements with Satair – a distributor agreement for the ADSB-Out Upgrade Pilot Program, and a non-exclusive worldwide distributor agreement for Honeywell’s JetWave satellite communications products. This partnership will serve to further strengthen our relationship.”

Sichuan Airlines inks historical deal with Honeywell

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Sichuan Airlines has selected Honeywell’s 131-9A auxiliary power units (APUs) for its A320 fleet of aircraft to help reduce flight delays and cancellations and create a more pleasant flying experience for passengers.

As part of the five-year agreement, Honeywell will provide the 131-9A APU for the Chinese carrier’s 93 new A320 aircraft that will enter service by 2025. The agreement also includes retrofitting the airline’s 141 existing A320 aircraft with the same Honeywell APU, making this the largest APU retrofit deal in Honeywell’s history.

Providing electrical power and air conditioning while a plane is on the ground, an APU is a critical piece of aircraft equipment. It helps ensure passenger comfort and supplies the air source before a pilot is ready to start the main engines.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Honeywell,” said Li Yue, Executive Vice President of Sichuan Airlines. “With the aviation industry being significantly impacted by COVID-19, reliable and innovative products and solutions are highly demanded for airlines’ recovery and future development,” Yue added.

Having first taken to the skies in 1950, Honeywell has built more than 100,000 APUs since then. More than 36,000 are currently in service across both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft and in 2009 the Honeywell 131-9A APU on an Airbus A320 played a critical role in the emergency landing of US airways Flight 1549 in New York’s Hudson River.

Commenting on the collaboration with Sichuan Airlines, Honeywell Aerospace Asia Pacific President, Steven Lien said: “We see a strong recovery and large potential for China’s aviation industry, as well as local airlines’ growing competitiveness worldwide. Honeywell is committed to supporting this market, providing customers with exceptional solutions and equipping local support teams to help them create value and improve efficiency.”

Honeywell Forge platform for business aviation

Honeywell augments flight and cabin services for business aviation

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Honeywell Forge platform for business aviation

Honeywell has updated features in its Forge platform for business aviation flight departments which help to improve network monitoring and bolster security.

Network monitoring capabilities are incorporated in Honeywell Forge so that users can now stay better informed of vulnerabilities within their cabin connectivity service. The service is visualised on the Honeywell Forge dashboard via the network monitoring tile and enabled by installing the GoDirect Router software package on an equipped aircraft.

The PBCS monitoring feature inside Honeywell Forge helps operators recognise when they have exceeded maximum allowed timing while using FANS data link. It provides PBCS monitoring data after each flight so an operator can deal proactively with any issues and retain the ability to fly the FANS-reduced separated tracks.

Additional individual and user-based features inside Honeywell Forge provide users with the ability to control their own accounts and stay better informed, while administrators can better manage users and the access to accounts. Custom dashboards and configurations allow users to decide how they want to manage their information and features.

Experience Plans for cabin connectivity are another offering in Honeywell Forge and come in three packages. The most premium Elite Experience Plan is built for users wanting the highest connectivity experience with robust high-speed access for premium video and apps. The Comfort Experience Plan is designed for customers wanting an at-home experience on an aircraft like a home-streaming video experience on all devices. The Office Experience Plan provides connectivity at lower throughput needs for business collaboration tools, email and teleconference video.

“Honeywell Forge offers leading connectivity services, and these features provide customers with our latest and most advanced monitoring, management, connectivity and security capabilities,” said John Peterson, Vice President and General Manager, Software and Services at Honeywell Connected Enterprise, Aerospace. “These services represent our latest and continuing investment in Honeywell Forge as a seamless experience to meet our customers’ needs in running their operations safely and efficiently.”

These recent updates to Honeywell Forge for business aviation are all available now.

Rendering of Honeywell Combined Hydrocarbon Ozone Catalyst,

Honeywell addresses “smell-in-cabin” events

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Rendering of Honeywell Combined Hydrocarbon Ozone Catalyst,

Honeywell has unveiled a new catalyst designed for aircraft cabin air systems that can help reduce delays, cancellations and unscheduled maintenance due to in-cabin odours from certain volatile organic compounds in “bleed air” — also known as undesirable “smell-in-cabin” events.

“Severe smell-in-cabin incidents can cost airlines up to USD50 million per year in flight disruptions and unscheduled maintenance,” said Tom Hart, Vice President and General Manager, Air & Thermal Systems, Honeywell Aerospace. “CHOC4 reduces VOCs from the engines and bleed air supply, thereby reducing the severity and frequency of these incidents.”

Air supplied to a cabin for air conditioning and pressurisation, also known as bleed air, comes directly from the engines and auxiliary power unit. Sometimes it contains volatile organic compounds (VOCs), fumes or particles from sources like jet fuel, hydraulic oils or de-icing fluid. When VOCs enter the cabin through the bleed air, they can cause unwanted odours in the cabin, resulting in delays.

Honeywell’s new proprietary catalyst CHOC4 is applied to an aircraft’s ozone converter to catalyse or absorb compounds that cause undesirable odours. It can be applied during normal maintenance as an upgrade to the existing converter unit at a fraction of the cost of a new unit. It is available now for Airbus A320 aircraft, with plans to expand to additional platforms in early 2021.

In clinical tests, Honeywell’s fourth-generation Combined Hydrocarbon Ozone Catalyst, CHOC4, has proved capable of removing two to three times more VOCs that cause undesired odours compared with other solutions. Honeywell’s solution has also been shown to be more effective in the removal of ozone at lower temperatures.