Airbus A350 Delivery: Possibilities Of Flight. Made Easy.

April 28, 2015 | Author: Bob Smith

In fourth quarter of 2014, Airbus and its suppliers did something that doesn’t happen very often. It certified and delivered a new type of aircraft. I’d ask you to reflect on this accomplishment a bit.

The development of a major new aircraft takes about a decade to complete from the earliest of studies. It requires billions of dollars. The development involves a worldwide supply base and engages government agencies, pilots, operators, sales teams, airport authorities and passenger groups. It creates an aircraft with thousands of parts, millions of lines of code and includes new technologies that have never been fielded before.

It also takes the focus, dedication and talent of thousands of engineers, technologies, manufacturing experts and program managers.

Honeywell has a unique role on this new aircraft. Aside from having amazing avionics and mechanical systems on this aircraft, Honeywell entered into a novel partnership with Airbus to co-develop a wide set of aircraft features. This collaboration resulted in a more mature and capable aircraft than could have been achieved through a traditional customer-supplier relationship. This collaboration enabled Airbus to field an exceptionally competitive aircraft and allowed Honeywell to supply over two tons of equipment to this incredible vehicle.

For more than two decades, the flying public will have the opportunity to travel the world in the A350 in superior comfort and efficiency. A generation of Honeywell employees will see the results of these contributions in our sales and have the satisfaction of being part of this important milestone in aviation history.

In my view, that’s pretty remarkable. I want to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate all of you who made this achievement possible and made this future a reality for our Airbus customer.

Bob Smith

Bob Smith

Bob Smith is Chief Technology Officer for Honeywell Aerospace and Vice President of Engineering and Technology. He is responsible for all engineering development efforts, technology development and strategy, and attaining and maintaining technical and programmatic excellence across a worldwide team of exceptionally talented engineers and scientists. Previously, Smith was Vice President of Advanced Technology for Honeywell Aerospace. Smith is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and current president of the International Society of Air-breathing Engines (ISABE). He received the SAE Aerospace Engineering Leadership Award in 2007 and had been recognized with NASA’s Silver Snoopy and Spaceflight Awareness Awards. He has served or is currently serving on Federal Aviation Administration advisory boards, Department of Defense committees and the board of the Arizona Technology Council. He has advanced degrees in engineering and applied mathematics from Brown University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, as well as a doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas.

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