The in-service fleet of Honeywell’s HTF7000 turbofans powering Bombardier Challenger 300s reached one million flight hours in April. More than 600 engines are operating in the field and Honeywell says dispatch reliability stands at 99.94 to 99.95 percent.
“We’re very proud of this,” said Rob Wilson, Honeywell’s president of business and general aviation. Importantly, the HTF7000’s younger siblings–the HTF7500E and the HTF7250G–will feature improved combustion technology that is set to deliver 25-percent reductions in emissions to help operators meet the industry’s commitments to reducing its carbon footprint. The new system will be available as a retrofit for the HTF7000 turbofan.
And the HTF story doesn’t end there. “We can continue to grow the engine, delivering higher levels of thrust for a broader family of engines,” Wilson told AIN.
In the avionics suite, Honeywell (Stand 7044) is showcasing two of its latest achievements: the Primus Epic-based EASy II cockpit for Dassault’s Falcon family (see page 32), and the latest version of the Apex suite prepared for the Pilatus PC-12.
Wilson said he is proud of the work Honeywell has done for two very technologically discerning clients. Both new cockpits provide a myriad of technology to support pilots and ensure safer, more efficient flying, he said. Crucially, both systems have already been tested and found to be compatible with Europe’s new Egnos satellite navigation system. Both are also intended for retrofit into existing aircraft, which Wilson said is part of Honeywell’s contribution to allowing operators to bolster the value of their aircraft assets, as well as enjoying improved performance.
In continuing efforts to boost customer and product support in business aviation’s growing international markets, Honeywell has added a new parts distribution site in Bangalore, India, and has plans to put another in Brazil. Wilson said these are needed to allow operators to avoid delays associated with complex customs clearance processes.