Honeywell has introduced a new low-cost multifunction display that brings to non-radar-equipped piston aircraft the functionality of the company’s Bendix/King integrated hazard awareness system (IHAS). The KMD 250 measures just three inches high and features a color active-matrix LCD capable of interfacing with a variety of safety avionics.
Capital Aviation in Bethany, Okla., has completed installation of Universal Avionics’ EFI-890 EFIS, including elements of the Vision 1 synthetic-vision system, in a Gulfstream III, the installer announced last month. The cockpit retrofit included the addition of four eight- by nine-inch displays, a Universal terrain awareness and warning system and upgrades to the FMS.
Honeywell on October 10 successfully flight tested new technology that will let passengers use their personal cellular telephones in flight. The trial proved that the technology works under actual flight conditions and will not compromise safety or interfere with the ground cell network, the company said. Current FCC rules do not permit cellphone use in flight.
Honeywell last month named Robert Gillette president and CEO of its aerospace operations, its largest single division, replacing Robert Johnson, who had held the position since 1999. Johnson, 57, will serve as non-executive chairman until he retires next January after a dozen years with Honeywell. Gillette, 44, had led the company’s transportation systems division since 2001.
With a commendable bow toward candor, Honeywell released its civil helicopter market outlook at Heli-Expo by qualifying the results of its survey: “The 2003 market outlook presents a snapshot of the market at a point in time and does not reflect unforeseen events such as an unexpected economic contraction, sharp increases in fuel costs, a fuel crisis, imposition of heavy user fees or other unfavorable regulations/taxes that could affect result
Rockwell Collins last month said Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has selected the company’s Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, a proposed 70- to 90-seat airliner targeted for certification in 2012 assuming the project gets the go-ahead. Pro Line Fusion features 15-inch-diagonal LCD flight displays and will include optional capabilities for enhanced and synthetic vision.
Honeywell last month announced it has joined two European technology research programs, one intended to improve air traffic flow management across the continent and the other aimed at developing low-cost flight controls for light airplanes.
There is a 15-hour time difference between Dubai and Phoenix, Arizona, and the trip takes at least 24 hours no matter which scheduled airline you fly. This is one reason Phoenix-based Honeywell Aerospace (Stand E309) has given its Europe, Middle East and Africa division (EMEA) much more autonomy under the leadership of its new Switzerland-based president Paolo Carmassi.
Rockwell Collins is applying years of flight-test research to its new Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system by combining computer-generated synthetic scenes with infrared enhanced-vision views on the primary flight displays and HUD. The goal, the company proclaims, is to give business jet crews the ability to “go anywhere, anytime.”
With the Primus Epic integrated avionics system poised to make its debut in a variety of business airplanes and the Bell/Agusta AB139 helicopter, Honeywell is introducing a desktop PC version of the glass cockpit that pilots can use before they ever strap in for training in a full-flight simulator.