Honeywell Aerospace – A century-long journey of pioneering aviation technology

Dec 13 2017

The year 1914 witnessed the world’s first commercial passenger flight take off between St. Petersburg and Tampa in Florida, US. That same year, Lawrence Sperry’s gyroscopic stabiliser, the world’s first autopilot flight was launched, which later became a key part of Honeywell Aerospace, setting the foundation for the way we fly today.

Step forward more than 100 years, and the aviation industry is almost unrecognisable, with Honeywell Aerospace remaining at the heart of aviation technology and service advancements. Having established itself as a trusted provider of industry intelligence and software, Honeywell Aerospace has key insight and product developments in every corner of the sector, including intelligent airport solutions worldwide with a commitment to enhance customer value by making flights safer, more reliable, more comfortable and more cost-effective. Honeywell Aerospace and its legacy companies—Sperry, Bendix, Garrett AiResearch, Pioneer, Lycoming, Grimes, King, AlliedSignal, EMS Technologies and others —have been at the forefront of both military and civilian aviation advancement for the best part of the last century across every continent.

The Middle Eastern journey has gone from strength to strength

Globally, more than 7.2 billion passengers expected to travel in 2035, according to latest International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts, the Middle East alone to grow by 4.8 percent, generating an extra 244 million passengers on routes to, from and within the region during the same timeline. In particular, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will all register strong growth of 5.9 percent, 4.7 percent, and 4.1 percent respectively; adding to the total market size to reach 414 million passengers.

Supporting this rapid growth, Honeywell Aerospace has had a strong presence in the region over the past three decades, working with airlines, military and aviation providers across the Middle East.

Oman Air became Honeywell Aerospace’s first SATCOM customer with the introduction of the MCS-7200 Inmarsat SwiftBroadBand (SBB) Satellite Communications equipment, enabling passengers to use in-flight mobile text services. Through a partnership with Emirates in 2009, the Honeywell Aerospace assisted the airline in increasing its overall operational efficiency across its fleet by installing SmartLanding and SmartRunway solutions. With it, Emirates was able to increase flight safety by improving situational awareness for pilots and crew during approach, landing, taxi and take-off.

In its continuous efforts to provide industry-leading technologies, Honeywell Aerospace continues to lead the avionics industry in the Middle East having forged strategic partnerships with local companies such as Sky Prime Aviation Services, Royal Jet, Arab Wings and Gulf Wings. Thus, providing local customers with easier access to Honeywell Aerospace’s technologies such as Honeywell Aerospace’s JetWave hardware, GoDirect Cabin and Cockpit Connectivity Services.

Strengthening a solid bond with partners

The strong growth in the number of air passengers across the globe, evolving in-flight connectivity technologies, and increasing demand for high-speed connectivity, has led to further us strengthening our relationships with local partners.

The company recently entered into multiple partnerships with local and regional suppliers and operators, including Sky Prime Aviation Services – the first Saudi Arabian VVIP management operator to install Honeywell Aerospace’s JetWave Ka-band satellite connectivity hardware and GoDirect Cabin Connectivity services for its Airbus A319 and A330 aircraft. This enables VIP business jet passengers to stay connected at 40,000 feet with an ‘office in the sky’ experience.

Another key feather in the cap is the successful delivery of high-speed and consistent in-flight Wi-Fi services for Royal Jet’s B737-700 aircraft. Honeywell Aerospace’s JetWave hardware and GoDirect Cabin Connectivity services have been operating as a key feature of the company’s 34-seat, custom-made Boeing Business Jet which was launched at the end of last year.

Middle East-based business jet operators Arab Wings and Gulf Wings signed an agreement with Honeywell Aerospace to provide its full suite of GoDirect Cabin and Cockpit Connectivity Services to more than 20 aircraft combined, with the aim to enhance crew and passenger productivity. This enabled their clients to stay connected via in-flight Wi-Fi while travelling for business or pleasure.

The ADS-B 2020 mandate can no longer be ignored. Ready or not, the time to act is now

The implementation of the upcoming ADS (automatic dependent surveillance) – B is only 36 months away, which requires aircraft to equip their aircraft with a new mandate. Otherwise, those operators who fail to meet ADS-B compliance will be prohibited to fly in certain regions of airspace. Honeywell Aerospace is at the forefront of this transition, promoting the need for greater ADS-B Out understanding and why it is important to act sooner than later.

Big investments can lead to hesitancy, but getting started now gives aircraft owners and operators more choices and greater flexibility in the products, the pace of installation and path to upgrades they select. With these benefits, addressing the ADS-B mandate early is clearly the right choice.

Several business jet maintenance, repair and overhaul centres have received Supplemental Type Certificates to upgrade aircraft for ADS-B Out mandate compliance. As those centres grow their capabilities to service aircraft, Honeywell Aerospace continues to develop transponders, antennas, radio systems and other avionics to achieve ADS-B compliance. This makes it possible to deliver improved value, performance and efficiency to upgraded aircraft.

Ultimately, planning and investing in these upgrades today can eliminate the hassle long before 2020. It’s time to start thinking about where to be at the start of 2020 to make sure a mandate won’t ground a fleet.

The best way to avoid the headaches associated with this mandate is to plan early and start today. By getting ahead of the 2020 deadline, companies won’t have to deal with installation facility backlogs, component shortages and installation price increases. This means they won’t risk having a grounded aircraft or be unable to fly in optimal airspace in 2020, and they can continue to focus on flying to their destinations of choice.