What Model Airplanes Mean to Aerospace

April 2, 2015 | Author: Bill Kircos

There was a great feature story earlier this month in the Associated Press around the aerospace industry’s fascination with model airplanes.

It’s something that immediately caught my attention my first few weeks on the job at Honeywell, too. 

There are very cool model airplanes all over our aerospace headquarters here in Phoenix, Arizona. And as I started visiting customers, my own collection began. I also collected a few very old model airplanes, and a colleague of mine grabbed a couple for his infant son’s new bedroom.

Sitting in my office right now among other aircraft is a fighter jet, a helicopter and an old-logo’d United Airlines M-80. I also brought a few home to the house – including the new Airbus 350 and a couple of others that sit in my own children’s rooms.

It is a very cool tradition among aerospace companies, and it reflects a greater fascination we all have with flying. The article says “Multimillion dollar plane purchases are decided on the fuel efficiency of a jet, its maintenance costs, how much cargo it holds and how far it can fly.” While I agree with those, there are some other priorities, too: How does the industry, and Honeywell, make flying safer? More comfortable? More connected? More personal?

As our blog has expanded over the past year, we’ve hit on all of these themes. Smelly, rude passengers? Check. Giving up more leg room or even a bathroom break to get high-speed wireless Internet on your flight? 

Yup. An engine that flies further? Indeed. Innovative weather radar to avoid turbulence and save gas doing so? Yes. And a multitude of other topics on here – many written by our own engineers, that touch on these subjects and more. 

What’s even more interesting now is producing some of these models easily and quickly via 3-D printing or additive manufacturing. We have a handful of labs here at Honeywell and in association with some leading universities doing much more intricate work than that,  but it’s still interesting to see what that type of technology can produce. 

I've worked at a few companies and I can’t think of a better customer/supplier/partner exchange than sharing the latest and greatest model airplanes.

Bill Kircos

Bill Kircos

As Vice President of Global Communications for Honeywell’s $12 billion Aerospace division, Bill Kircos oversees the public relations, employee communications, corporate citizenship and a variety of marketing communications areas such as advertising, social media, web, events, video broadcasting and other areas. Kircos joined Honeywell from Intel Corporation, holding several positions in public relations, sales and marketing positions in sixteen years with the company. He was most recently General Manager of marketing for the company's Tablet and Netbook PC Group. Prior to joining Intel, Kircos worked for the Governor and state of Arizona as an appointed Communications Officer. Preceding this position, he worked at two leading public relations agencies based in Phoenix. A graduate of the University of Arizona (Bear Down!), Kircos is also a long-suffering Chicago Cubs fan and dad of two young boys who are already smarter than he is.

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