It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what technology might make business aircraft operations safer and more cost effective. But Honeywell Aerospace clearly didn’t want to take any chances and so in 2004 it hired as its vice president for advanced technology Bob Smith, executive director of American Space Alliance, the contractor on NASA’s space shuttle upgrades development program.
Honeywell Aerospace’s new HTF7000 powerplant family promises “game-changing” progress on improving engine reliability and reducing operating costs. But the company is not stopping there.
Europe continues to be a happy hunting ground for companies selling business aviation, with more grounds for optimism very evident in the latest Business Aviation Outlook research released by Honeywell Aerospace last November. Over the next five years, more than one in four European operators plans to purchase new business jets–a marked increase on the findings from the 2004 and 2003 surveys.
Honeywell and Arinc have reached a licensing agreement that will allow corporate operators to use either Honeywell’s Global Data Center or Arinc Direct for datalink messaging services to all Primus Epic avionics platforms as well as Mark II and Mark III platforms.
Honeywell (Booth No. 406) has delivered its 500th DL-950 data loader since the product became available last year. As a data loader for Honeywell’s FMZ-2000 flight management system, the DL-950 uses a USB memory device instead of diskettes and fits into existing mounting hardware with no need for any new aircraft wiring.
Spectro in the UK and its Jet-Care sister operation in the U.S. (Booth No. 220) report growing demand for their oil and engine debris analysis services. The two companies’ programs highlight damage and abnormal wear to engine components such as disks, blades, stators and gears that might escape routine flight-line inspection.
Owners of older Honeywell GNS-X flight management systems have until the end of the month to take advantage of special pricing on new GNS-XLS units, the maker announced here yesterday. Buyers who take advantage of the promotional offer will receive a $3,000 discount off the price of a new GNS-XLS FMS, as well as free software that introduces the latest worldwide navigation capabilities to the unit, according to the company.
Honeywell (Booth No. 406) has completed 330 TFE731-5BR engine conversions for upgrading Dassault Falcon 900As to 900Bs and for upgrading Falcon 20s to the -5BR that had earlier had their CF700s replaced with -5As. The company did not specify the number of airplanes involved in the conversion program, launched in 1991, but did say that “90 percent of the available Falcon 900A fleet” has been modified.
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.