Honeywell and Inmarsat have completed an exclusive agreement for Honeywell to develop onboard hardware to connect to Inmarsat’s Global Xpress high-speed satcom system. The Global Express agreement, said Carl Esposito, Honeywell Aerospace vice president of marketing and product management, “validates the strategy of [last year’s EMS Technologies] acquisition and the focus of global connectivity.”
Some 10,120 business jets worth $257 billion are expected to be delivered over the next 10 years (2012-2021), according to the third annual industry forecast published late last month by Zenith Jet, a Montreal-based business aviation services company.
BAE Systems Regional Aircraft plans to extend its contract engineering work this year, raising the proportion of such revenues coming from third parties outside the BAE group to 92 percent. “The proportion has grown from 35 percent in 2010,” according to managing director Alan Fraser. “We have reshaped our engineering business and geared it for growth. [Our] skills, expertise and aircraft-design capability are [generating] a steady flow of new business.”
Honeywell and Inmarsat announced completion of an exclusive agreement for Honeywell to develop onboard hardware for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress high-speed satcom system. Global Xpress will use three Ka-band Boeing 702 HP satellites to cover most of the world except remote polar regions with broadband connections of up to 5 Mbps uplink and 50 Mbps downlink. Airtime is expected to cost much less than current Ku-band satcom.
Honeywell is moving aggressively to revitalize its Part 23 aircraft avionics division, Bendix/King, which was the dominant player until the ascension of Garmin, Avidyne and the like. In recent months the company has hired a new CEO, former Piper Aircraft president Kevin Gould, who is in the process of building a new management team and hiring more engineers as the company moves into the glass-panel age.
Dallas Airmotive’s Singapore regional turbine center has been awarded an operating certificate from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). The facility is authorized by Honeywell for TFE731 major periodic inspection (MPI) services and line maintenance on TFE731, CFE738 and HTF7000 engines as well as line maintenance on RE100, RE220 and 36-series APUs.
The 5,000-sq-ft facility is staffed by six employees, including five certified mechanics and engineering-level personnel.
Champaign, Ill.-based Flightstar continues to expand its portfolio of services with its designation as a factory-authorized line maintenance facility for the Bombardier Learjet 40 and 45 series. Flightstar is an FAA-certified repair station and Class IV maintenance facility with full airframe, engine, avionics and AOG capability.
Boeing’s 787-8 Dreamliner is wrapping up a weeklong visit to the FIDAE 2012 airshow in Santiago, Chile, where all the airplane’s technological wizardry, including the most comprensive array of Honeywell equipment on any Boeing airliner, went on display.
Honeywell believes that its track record in supporting air transport development in China stands it in good stead to pioneer the expansion of business aviation too. “Honeywell has been a pioneer in [business aviation] support in China,” said Rishiraj Singh, the avionics and engine manufacturer’s director and business leader in the Asia Pacific and China region.
Dallas Airmotive, a division of Texas-based BBA Aviation, has announced that its Singapore Regional Turbine Center has received its operating certificate from the country’s Civil Aviation Authority.