Irish helicopter and jet management and sales company Premier Aviation Services has signed for three Sikorsky S-76D corporate helicopters. The business, covered by “position assignment agreements” with Sikorsky, is said to involve the first European deposits for this newest variant of the successful rotorcraft, which will be powered by three Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210 engines.
Air Deccan has selected Honeywell’s full avionics suite and auxiliary power unit (APU) for the 60 Airbus A320s it has on order, the equipment manufacturer announced here. The avionics suite features an enhanced ground proximity system, the ACAS II airborne collision avoidance system and the RDR-4B weather radar.
When Rob Gillette arrived at Honeywell Aerospace in January 2005 as its new CEO and president he quickly set out to reorganize the complex engines/avionics/systems giant so that it would make better sense to its customers.
Honeywell has signed several major long-term support contracts with JetBlue and US Airways.
Described by some Honeywell engineers as the “son of Primus Epic,” the Phoenix company’s Apex integrated avionics system is undergoing a makeover that aims to make that moniker more appropriate than ever. The enhanced version of Apex now under development for the Grob SPn Utility Jet will feature better integration of TCAS II, weather radar and other functions thanks to greater software processing power.
Honeywell Aerospace (Hall 1 Stand A9) is expanding its presence in Europe with a new Prague-based research and development facility that will employ up to 150 people by the end of 2006, increasing to 475 next year.
Among the defense products on display at Honeywell’s Farnborough International exhibit one that is likely to catch the eye is the new micro air vehicle (MAV) that the company has developed for the U.S. Army’s future combat systems program. The MAV has undergone extensive field testing, including some service with active military units (presumably in Iraq and/or Afghanistan).
Honeywell Aerospace expects the world’s business jet manufacturers to set a new delivery record next year and establish a strong precedent for a 10-year forecast period in which the industry will ship more than 12,000 airplanes worth $195 billion.
Pilatus revealed a next-generation PC-12 featuring a more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada turboprop engine and a four-tube Honeywell Apex integrated avionics suite. The Swiss airframer said a program is under way to certify the enhanced version of the aircraft by the end of next year, with deliveries to start immediately afterward.
With aircraft being pushed toward the edges of their flight envelopes here in the daily aerial displays at Farnborough International, their crews need real certainty that all is well with the engines. Helping to give them this assurance is local company Jet-Care which is providing its patented oil and engine debris analysis service for all aircraft here at the show this week.