Today Honeywell Aerospace marks an incredible milestone in our company’s history. On this day 100 years ago, Lawrence Sperry demonstrated the first gyroscopic autopilot and, in the process, gave birth to the science of controlled flight.
Today we can trace our heritage back to the Sperry Gyroscope Company and our other legacy companies including Bendix, Garrett AiResearch, Pioneer, Lycoming, Grimes, King, AlliedSignal, EMS Technologies and many others. I am proud to be part of company that has accomplished so much and to work with so many smart and incredible colleagues – from those who have been with the company for more than 50 years to a generation of young and ambitious interns that join us every summer.
With an impressive list of “firsts,” Honeywell has made flying and space exploration safer, more efficient, productive and comfortable. Honeywell products, found on virtually every aircraft, are essential to modern-day flight.
But the best is yet to come. We believe we will bring more innovation to the aviation industry over the next 25 years than we’ve seen the past 100. Why? First and foremost, we are in the early stages of bringing home and office-like broadband wireless connectivity to airplanes. Look at what Wi-Fi has done in terms of rapid innovation after laptops, smart phones, homes, cafes and businesses all got unwired. The possibilities for passengers, flight crews and operators/maintenance facilities grow dramatically when a high speed network and IP address is added to the equation – we realize the potential of the Intelligent Aircraft.
We are also developing the first electric taxiing system, innovating upon our 3D weather radar, improving the power and fuel-efficiency of propulsion engines, revolutionizing the global air traffic management system, growing our service businesses among so many other areas. And, we are dramatically simplifying the experience customers have with our products, an initiative we call the Honeywell User Experience, or “HUE.” For example, we now have an aircraft engine that only requires just 13 hand tools – yes 13 – to maintain and repair. Our customers love it.
Honeywell Aerospace is 100 years “young” – yet flying is as magical and exciting today for hundreds of millions of people as it was over a century ago. With great employees, customers, partners and suppliers, we hope to continue changing the game and making a difference in people’s lives every day by providing innovative solutions, products and services that continue to remind us of the possibilities of flight.