AW139 Helicopter Installed with Honeywell’s Primus Epic Cockpit System

July 29, 2016 | Author: Rachel Sun

It was 8 a.m. when the call came in at the 120 Command Center at Shanghai Songjiang District. A young woman urgently cried: “Please help my husband! His head is bleeding badly.” The Command Center determined that it was an emergency rescue situation, with the injured man requiring immediate medical attention at the primary trauma center.

Identifying the injured man’s location, the Command Center realized the region was ensnared in gridlock. The emergency lane was completely cut off.

With instructions issued immediately for an air-rescue plan, a helicopter was dispatched to ferry the man to the Songjiang Branch of Shanghai’s No. 1 General Hospital, 50 kilometers away. It took the helicopter less than 20 minutes to accomplish its mission, with the man successfully receiving emergency hospital treatment.

This was not some scene in a Hollywood blockbuster film; it was a real-life scenario undertaken by the Songjiang Branch of Shanghai No. 1 General Hospital. Through joint cooperation with 120 Songjiang Command Center, Shanghai No. 1 General Hospital and other partners, Songjiang successfully completed the drill using its first air rescue helicopter.

The AW139 helicopter, with Honeywell’s Primus Epic® cockpit system, was a lifesaver to ferry the injured man to the emergency room.

On Jan. 8, the AW139 completed its first retrofit, giving China its first mid-size, twin-engine helicopter for professional rescue missions. This represents an important milestone for China’s full-fledged air rescues.

Armed with the super “intelligent brain” Primus Epic, the AW139 cuts layover down time and pilot burdens while improving passenger safety. Not long ago, China Aviation News presented Primus Epic with its Most Innovative Helicopter Avionics Award.

What makes the Primus Epic system widely recognized in the industry as it supports the most advanced and trusted aircraft in the world?

Highly Integrated - Simplicity Is Not Simple

  • With its large, integrated color flight displays, Primus Epic provides revolutionary safety features by integrating key information in the cockpit and displaying it on the Primary Flight Display in an intuitive manner.
  • Primus Epic’s Flight Management System is integrated with the iNav system, making it the first navigation system with patented flight-plan icons pilots can use to revise flight plans and routes. The intuitive pilot interface shows key information, such as navigation, weather, terrain and air traffic, on one display so pilots have unmatched views.
  • The integrated viewing technology soon to be offered by Honeywell will provide real-time information on objects such as towers, bridges and antennas. Pilots will have the same experience as with visual flights, significantly improving flight reliability and accuracy.

High-speed Data Connections

Honeywell’s Aspire 2000 is an advanced satellite communication system for helicopters. It uses high-data rate technology to transmit more data faster. That supports emergency medical services, law enforcement patrols, petroleum and natural gas surveys, search and rescue, VIP passenger transportation and other operations.

Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS)

Honeywell fans likely already are familiar with our ground proximity warning system, the lifesaving safety achievement of legendary Honeywell engineer Don Bateman. To date, the enhanced ground proximity warning system has more than 800 million flight hours of data on terrain and obstacles, making it the most advanced and thorough such database in the global market. Honeywell’s Mark XXII Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System is the first certified under the Federal Aviation Administration’s TSO-C194. Its functions and performance exceed even the FAA’s air worthiness requirements.


“Healthcare Doc” Assures Flight Safety and Efficiency

Honeywell’s Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) has been in service for over 20 years. Installed with testing sensors and embedded diagnosis software, HUMS monitors the health and maintenance of critical helicopter components and provides feedback to minimize maintenance costs and optimize spare parts inventory management. Using HUMS as a “private doctor” considerably improves helicopter safety, reliability, usability and efficiency.

Honeywell is taking HUMS to a new level with a next-generation system that will have more than 10 times the processing power. Mobile application programs in development will share HUMS information via tablet computers or smart phones. New HUMS models also will feature integrate with Honeywell’s Sky Connect Tracker III, a satellite communication system, giving ground operations and maintenance teams performance data and maintenance alarms in real time.

World Leader in Avionics

Honeywell works constantly to develop the latest innovative navigation technologies. With systems on civilian aircraft as well as top-of-the-range business aircraft and helicopters, Honeywell’s avionics products provide pilots, operators and passengers with comprehensive quality services and safety assurance.

Last December, Primus Apex – which is based on the Primus Epic system – commenced its maiden service for Chinese civilian aircraft with a qualification certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration of China. In February, Honeywell also helped Hafei Aviation Industry group obtain a FAA certificate for its Y-12F turboprop aircraft. It was another outstanding milestone for China’s aviation industry.

Honeywell will continue its efforts to drive the development and growth of helicopters in the public service and aviation industry through its avionics technologies. Together, Honeywell and the Chinese aviation industry will witness the glory of helicopters in China.

Rachel Sun

Rachel Sun

Rachel Sun is a Helo Sales Manager for Business and General Aviation of Honeywell Aerospace Asia Pacific. She has over 10 years of experience in avionics development, certification, project management and sales in the aerospace industry. She is based in Honeywell’s offices in Beijing, China.

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