Ground test runs started last month on the 4,900-pound-thrust TFE731-50, Honeywell’s newest business jet engine. The engine, featuring integrated nacelle and thrust-reverser systems, produced more than 5,000 pounds of thrust in a test cell on its first run, the company said. The engine is scheduled to begin flight testing on Honeywell’s Falcon 20 this summer.
After wrapping up more than 200 hours of flight testing with Pilatus in the Next Generation PC-12, Honeywell anticipates receiving TSO approval for its Primus Apex avionics system this month.
Premier Aircraft of East Alton, Ill., has entered an agreement with Honeywell Aerospace to upgrade the existing TFE731-3-1C and TFE731-3D-1C engines installed on Falcon 50s to a TFE731-4-1C configuration. Premier will market, develop, engineer and certify the “50Dash4” upgrade, which includes engine installation, related hardware and cockpit instrumentation.
Russell Turner, a former top executive for Boeing’s United Space Alliance business in Houston, is the new president of Honeywell Aerospace’s $4.7 billion Engines, Systems and Services division. He assumed his duties at Honeywell on June 1, taking over from interim president Mike Redenbaugh, who returns to his previous job at the Phoenix company’s propulsion systems business.
Honeywell Aerospace has selected Belgian avionics display specialist Barco to supply LCD multifunction cockpit displays as upgrades for CRT-based display units used with legacy Sperry/Honeywell Primus 1000, 2000, 2000XP, SPZ-8400, 8500 and 8000 avionics systems.
Honeywell has launched a review of its customer service activities in an effort aimed at streamlining the number of ways customers can reach product support phone lines.
Before the overhaul, Honeywell had no fewer than 270 different ways for customers to call for help including hot lines and toll-free numbers. Those have been consolidated into one line that uses a system known as intelligent call routing, the company said.
Honeywell will discuss the status of much of its product line, from engines and APUs to avionics, this afternoon and again tomorrow morning in a series of maintenance and operations sessions. A general session introducing the theme “Engage Honeywell for Service” will begin at 1 p.m.
Phoenix-based engine and avionics manufacturer Honeywell says its 10,000-pound-thrust engine contender is well under way. Ron Rich, the company’s director of advanced technologies, told AIN that parts for the company’s HTF10000 demonstrator have already been ordered, with the core engine expected to be operational by the end of next year.
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.
The new HTS900 turboshaft developed for the Bell 407X has not only thrust Honeywell into the spotlight here at Heli-Expo, it also has given the Phoenix-based company a platform on which to reclaim a place among the major players in the civil helicopter business.