Honeywell will announce a new APU at the NBAA Convention this month aimed at turboprops, light jets and small helicopters. The company said the RE-50 is the first oilless and gearless APU with an integrated generator on the same shaft, and at 50 pounds it is about one-third the weight of Honeywell’s RE-150.
The first flight test of the Bendix/King Apex avionics system was successfully concluded last month aboard a Cessna 206 Stationair testbed. Apex, designed for light jets, turboprops, helicopters and high-performance piston aircraft, uses Honeywell’s Visual Cueing and Control (VC2) technology to present a picture of the sky and ground on an instrument-panel-mounted screen.
In the aftermath of September’s terrorist attacks a number of federal agencies, private companies and pilots have suggested exploring ways of allowing civil aircraft to land themselves in the event the pilots become incapacitated. According to aerospace engineers, the technology for such an airborne system already exists, and would require only modifications to an aircraft’s avionics and flight controls to implement.
Honeywell introduced an enhanced digital audio equalizer for the business jet cabin. As part of Honeywell’s Ovation integrated cabin system, the equalizer balances music and movie audio to provide better sound in high ambient noise environments. The equalizer offers 10 factory-programmable presets, including jazz, rock, movie and concert.
Responding to customer requests, Gulfstream is now offering the Kollsman infrared enhanced-vision system (EVS) to owners and operators of GIVs outfitted with Honeywell SPZ 8000 avionics. An amendment to an earlier STC clears the way for all GIVs and GIV-SPs (about 500 in total) to be fitted with the $500,000 EVS sensor system.
Since Honeywell launched its Web-based e-Engine program three years ago, more than 3,000 users have signed up. They represent some 1,350 owner-operators of business and regional aircraft and 254 service providers. The program integrates information from several aircraft data systems and provides operators with engine condition trend monitoring, technical publications and engine/GSE software downloads.
Duncan Aviation recently received FAA approval and Honeywell authorization to perform major periodic inspections (MPIs) on the TFE731-20/40/60 turbofan engine. The Lincoln, Neb., company has for more than 20 years been a Honeywell-authorized major service center providing MPIs on the TFE731-2/3/4/5 engines.
Worldwide deliveries of turbine business airplanes in the first quarter plunged more than 24 percent, to 201 units, compared with the 266 units shipped in the first quarter last year, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, which now reports deliveries of non-U.S. as well as U.S. manufacturers.
General Electric and Honeywell International formally terminated their merger agreement, four months after European regulators rejected the proposed $45 billion deal. The new agreement, which releases both companies from all merger-related legal actions, ends the threat of Honeywell suing GE for allegedly violating the merger agreement by not pushing regulators hard enough.
Honeywell and Meggitt Avionics are partnering to certify an avionics upgrade package for the King Air C90. The standard retrofit package will comprise a Bendix/King three-axis KFC 250 flight control system and Meggitt’s Magic EFIS, which includes an air data/attitude and heading reference system and primary flight and navigational displays. The price is expected to be $125,000 plus installation.