From early flight management systems to modern digital displays, Honeywell has been an impactful figure in the airline industry for more than a century. Today, Honeywell products are found on virtually every commercial, defense, and space aircraft in the world. As they move into the modern era, focus has changed to incorporate more sustainability into their practices with exciting new technology to look forward to. Here is a list of seven products from the past and present which have revolutionized how pilots fly.
In 1914, Elmer Sperry and his son Lawrence made a powerful innovation when they harnessed the power of the gyroscope to control and stabilize the rudder and elevators on a Curtis biplane. In the process, they invented the science behind controlled flight and the modern autopilot system. Honeywell later acquired Sperry Aerospace and is still in the flight control and autopilots business.
Honeywell introduced flight digital technology to the cockpit in the 19880s with the flight management system (FMS). This technology allows pilots to program and fly the most efficient route from point A to point B and shift their focus on other crucial tasks.
Safety is top priority on airplanes and Honeywell has given the tools to help pilots ensure flight safety for all on board. They delivered the first authorized traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS) for example, and they invented the ground proximity warning system (GPWS). In later years, Honeywell also pioneered Smart Runway, a software upgrade option for the GPWS which increases flight crew situational and positional awareness during taxi, takeoff, and landing.
Though pilots may not be able to change the weather, with the right technology, they can avoid thunderstorms, turbulence, and other hazardous flying conditions. With help from Honeywell’s IntuVue 3D radar systems, pilots can detect weather conditions far ahead so they have plenty of time to change course as needed.
Honeywell has long been making advancements in the instruments you find in aircraft displays. They were the first to create many electromechanical instruments, such as the artificial horizon, and then they also pioneered the early CRT displays and advanced LCDs now used aboard modern aircraft.
Honeywell’s newest integrated flight deck, Honeywell Anthem, is the first of its kind with always-on, cloud-connected instruments. As such, it can deliver accurate information securely to the pilot in rapid time. The new cockpit also features easy-to-use controls, advanced situational awareness, access to third-party applications, and much more.
Saving fuel is an ongoing priority for airlines today and pilots play a pivotal role in carrying out fuel-efficiency initiatives designed to do just that. Honeywell’s Forge Pilot Connect Mobile App incorporates information like historical deviation and potential fuel-saving practices. This allows pilots to take action from right before they launch to the time after they touch down to reduce fuel burn and leave a smaller environmental footprint.
All of these products, and more, have made a grand impact on the aviation industry in the past and are continuing to guide it into the future. As such, Honeywell products are in high demand in both commercial and government sectors. Veritable Aviation is a leading supplier of Honeywell Aerospace parts and other aviation parts provided with rapid lead times and cost savings. More than that, we have AS9120B, ISO 9001:2015, and FAA AC 00-56B accreditation, and we only source from trusted manufacturers on our Approved Vendor List (AVL), ensuring quality and authenticity our customers can rely on. Browse our catalog of available parts and submit an Instant RFQ form today to see how we can assist you with all your aviation parts procurement needs.
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