Honeywell by Aircraft Size and Category - Part I

December 07, 2016 | Author: Jeremy Dingman

In case you don’t routinely carry around FlightGlobal’s “Pocket Guide to Business Aircraft” (tip: it doesn’t really fit in a “pocket”) you may not be aware of the rather extensive list of categories of business and general aviation aircraft that are flying around the globe.

In fact, there’s a good chance you just have a few handy categories in your head, like small, medium, large and “the jet I’ll own when I win the lottery.” 

But in fact, there are at least 14 definable market segments . . . and Honeywell’s commercial aviation business serves all of them. 

And that’s not even counting airliners, helicopters and the drone you’re thinking about buying for your backyard.

Let’s count them down, from fastest and largest to, well, smaller and not-as-fast-but-still-pretty-darn-quick:

  1. Supersonic business jets
    These aircrafts, still under development, include the Boom supersonic passenger airliner (yes, it’s really called “Boom”), the Aerion SBJ, HyperMach Sonic Star and Spike Aerospace S512. While suppliers have yet to be selected for these futuristic platforms, you can expect to see Honeywell pushing the envelope with advanced technologies in this category.


  2. Corporate airliners
    These include VIP aircraft such as the Airbus ACJ319 corporate jet and the Boeing Business Jets (BBJs). Honeywell's Ovation Select® cabin management system allows passengers to be just as productive onboard their airplane as they are in the office with an all-digital, high-definition, scalable, state-of-the-art system — the ultimate in in-flight entertainment, business productivity and connectivity.


  3. Long-range business jets
    This group includes the Bombardier Global 6000; Dassault Falcon 7X and 8X; and Gulfstream’s G650, G600 and G550 — all offering non-stop worldwide range, speed and reliability. Typical Honeywell systems include Primus Epic® for Dassault EASy and Primus Epic for Gulfstream Planeview™, Primus P-880 radar and a wide range of upgrades to help enhance the safety and comfort of passengers and crew, including terrain and traffic awareness, satellite communications systems, and the available Ovation Select cabin management and entertainment system.


  4. Super-large business jets
    Along with airframers like Canadair (CRJ200 conversions), Bombardier (Challenger 850, Global 5000), Gulfstream (G500, G450) and Dassault (Falcon 5X, Falcon 900LX), you’ll find the Sukohi Business Jet and Embraer Lineage 1000E here. Honeywell extends the life of the Lineage 1000 with cabin management and entertainment, satellite communications, and terrain and traffic awareness products. Honeywell offers the same integrated avionics in this class for Gulfstream and Falcon models as with the long-range jets


  5. Large business jets
    This group includes the Bombardier Challenger 650, Embraer Legacy 650 and Dassault Falcon 2000LXS featuring Primus Epic® large-landscape flat-panel displays with SmartView™ synthetic vision system. The Legacy 650 offers Honeywell’s cabin management and in-flight entertainment systems as standard equipage. Most recently, Honeywell has been selected to provide the Primus Epic Freedom cockpit for the new Citation Hemisphere transoceanic business jet expected to fly in 2019.


  6. Super mid-size business jets
    Cessna joins the elite group of manufacturers with their Citation Longitude incorporating standard equipment such as the Honeywell LASEREF VI Micro Inertial Reference Systems and Primus HF-1050 radio. Meanwhile, Honeywell’s HTF7000 turbofan engine family sets the standard for business jet propulsion systems on the Longitude as well as the Challenger 350 and Gulfstream G280.


  7. Mid-size business jets
    Cessna, Gulfstream and Embraer welcome the Hawker 800/850XP/750/900 family in this category. Honeywell provides an array of upgrades for the Hawker 800 including the FMZ-2000 Flight Management System, Primus Epic® control display system/retrofit, Primus Epic Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS), Runway Awareness and Advisory System and SmartRunway® and SmartLanding®. The Primus II upgrade is an all-in-one solution for the ADS-B Out 2020 mandate. The HTF7500E turbofan powers the Embraer Legacy 500 in this bizjet category.

Stay tuned for Part Two as we continue with everything from “super light” to “very light” business jets along with the turboprops and piston-powered aircraft. And then in Part III we’ll finish up with airliners.

Jeremy Dingman

Jeremy Dingman

Jeremy is a Senior Channel Marketing Specialist in the Business and General Aviation division of Honeywell Aerospace. Jeremy joined Honeywell in October of 2015 and has a background in copy writing, digital marketing, sales and social media in the financial industry.

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