In an effort to save weight and improve reliability, Honeywell has asked its engineers to develop systems that will replace traditional aircraft hydraulic and bleed-air systems with all-electric architecture. The U.S.
Bell Helicopter Textron’s vision for a brand-new line of rotorcraft known as the modular affordable product line (MAPL) has sharpened further now that a powerplant design advertised to meet its lofty efficiency requirement is appearing on the horizon.
Honeywell is warning lawmakers in Washington to stop stalling over plans for air traffic management (ATM) funding. By contrast, he said that their European counterparts have more quickly confronted the problem.
Honeywell Aerospace is in the throes of a reorganization that will result in a 5-percent cut in its workforce by year end. More importantly for clients of the U.S. engines and avionics group is the fact that Honeywell’s various aerospace businesses no longer run their own customer support activities.
Duncan Aviation recently completed the installation of Honeywell’s Primus Epic Control Display System/Retrofit (CDS/R) in a customer’s Gulfstream III. The company replaced the airplane’s old instruments with a three-display CDS/R installation, updating the STC for the latest Epic version and software. This was the third Epic CDS/R installation for Duncan Aviation’s so-called Glass Box Project completed this year, the company noted.
Airbus has chosen Honeywell’s HGT1500 auxiliary power unit (APU) to provide electric and pneumatic power for the new A350 variant of the A330 twin-aisle airliner, while Boeing has selected the company’s nitrogen-generation system (NGS) for the single-aisle 737.
Lockheed Martin announced its bidding team for the FAA’s nationwide automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) program. The team includes ground station manufacturers Sensis and Rannoch, avionics integrator Honeywell and secure network communications specialist Harris. The FAA plans to award a “performance-based” contract next July, under which the winner will fund, build and operate some 500 ground stations.
AIN’s 2006 Product Support Survey should have shown Honeywell’s support of the TFE731 turbofan receiving an overall average rating of 7.02, a 3.24-percent increase of its overall average rating from the 2005 survey, and tied with the overall average rating of P&WC. In the chart on page 52 of the September issue, the 2006 overall average rating was incorrectly given as 6.40.
Ruag Aerospace Services of Germany signed a contract with Aerospace Services of Netherlands to deliver two Dornier 228-212 twin turboprops to its coast guard for maritime patrol. By late 2007, the two aircraft are to be overhauled, get a glass cockpit and a Honeywell TPE 331-10 engine upgrade.
Honeywell (Stand A712) is here at Asian Aerospace 2006 exhibiting its RDR-4000 weather radar, currently being certified on the A380. The first commercial application, though, will be the Boeing 777-300ER with a first delivery in November.