Some three weeks after closing negotiations to buy defense logistics contractor Dimensions International, Honeywell Defense and Space president Ed Wheeler prepared to travel to Paris “feeling good” about the company’s position, notwithstanding the tumultuous political environment in the U.S. “We don’t expect to see great upsets in budgets and whatnot, certainly not as long as troops are in harm’s way,” Wheeler said.
Now that Honeywell Aerospace CEO Rob Gillette has finished realigning the company’s product divisions into a more customer-oriented structure, his most daunting challenges originate from the outside. As just about every top executive of a Tier One aerospace integrator knows all too well, managing supply base deficiencies has become a preoccupation.
Phoenix, Arizona-based engine and avionics manufacturer Honeywell (Booth No. 1606) says its entry in the 10,000-pound-thrust engine sweepstakes is well under way. Ron Rich, the company’s director of advanced technologies, told EBACE Convention News that parts for the HTF10000 demonstrator have been ordered, with the core engine expected to be operational by the end of next year.
With Europe continuing to be one of business aviation’s key growth markets, it should not be surprising that Honeywell Aerospace has chosen to position its vice president for worldwide business and general aviation sales at one of its main European offices, right here near Geneva.
In an effort it says is aimed at better serving customers, Honeywell's aerospace division is planning a major restructuring that will consolidate operations into three business segments and result in an unknown number of job cuts. The shakeup at Honeywell comes on the heels of Rob Gillette's appointment as president and CEO of the company's $9.75 billion aerospace division based in Phoenix.
Honeywell Aerospace has appointed Adrian Paull v-p of customer and product support as part of its reorganization to improve product support and customer service.
Rolls-Royce and Honeywell both aired their market forecasts for the helicopter industry at last month’s Heli-Expo show in Las Vegas. Rolls-Royce’s 10-year outlook (2004 to 2014) calls for deliveries of 5,165 turbine civil rotorcraft with airframe values totaling $13.9 billion and engines totaling $1.9 billion. Of those airframes, 57 percent are expected to be single-engine and 22 percent will be light twins.
Eclipse Aviation and Aspen Avionics last month settled a patent dispute over the AT300 hazard awareness display. Under the settlement agreement, Eclipse dropped a competing patent claim in exchange for 1 percent of Aspen common stock. The VLJ maker had contended that Aspen cofounders Peter Lyons and Jeff Bethel developed the AT300 product while they worked at Eclipse and, therefore, the patent for the product should belong to Eclipse.
In a bid to gain a larger share of the market for retrofit cockpit systems, Honeywell is adding electronic charts and uplink weather functions to its Primus Epic CDS/R avionics system.
TSO approval for a new all-digital communications package marks the completion of a three-year program by Rockwell Collins to develop radios to support the FAA’s digital VHF communications system, called Nexcom (next-generation communications).