Being the Center of Attention Is Good Sometimes

May 11, 2016 | Author: Jenna Rodriguez

It’s not normal for me to wake up at 4 a.m. on a Saturday, but a few weeks ago I was up because I had a great adventure ahead of me. I was going to fly on Honeywell’s test plane - a Boeing 757 - from its hangar at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, Arizona to Mesa-Gateway Airport (also in Arizona) for Aviation Day. Even though this flight was a mere 10 minutes, the sunrise was amazing and worth the early alarm clock!

Being the Center of Attention Is Good SometimesAviation Day is a celebration of all things related to flight. More than 100 years after the Wright Brothers first proved that humans could fly, there have been many advancements to help make flight safer and more sophisticated. And this is the event aviation geeks, enthusiasts and many others wait for all year.

More than 20,000 people flooded the airport on this day not to try to catch their flights but to enjoy food carts, bounce houses, aviation exhibits and a wide array of 50 different aircraft. There was definitely something for everyone to enjoy. As I walked the site, I could overhear U.S. veterans telling stories about their experience with the military crafts. I also had to jump out of the way more than once for photographers sprinting across the runway to capture different aircraft taking off and landing.

But by far, the center of attention was the Honeywell test plane, which was circumnavigating the globe just a short week before the show. The test plane stands out just a bit from other 757s because of its ability to have a third engine to test new products. The pilots at this show, Helmuth Eggeling and Scott Nyberg, estimated that 34 people a minute ventured through the plane during this Aviation Day event. And they had a lot to see!

Being the Center of Attention Is Good Sometimes

From the minute the doors opened (and even after the event ended), people lined up outside of the test plane. Once attendees boarded the plane they were able walk into the cockpit, speak with the pilots, and walk through the stripped out main cabin filled with data centers and servers that record information during testing. All of the data collected is crucial for Honeywell’s engineers to use to develop, test, and demonstrate products like its world-leading propulsion engines, avionics and satellite communications technologies.

“The show had something for all ages,” said Nathan Drevna, Director, Marketing Communications, Defense & Space at Honeywell Aerospace. “It was amazing to see the next generation of aviation enthusiasts interacting with commercial pilots, engineers, and the men and women who serve our country – all while exploring airplanes and helicopters.”

As the daylight started to fade and we were packing up to go home, I definitely had the feeling that the aviation industry gained a few more #AvGeeks in the Valley of the Sun after this celebration!

Jenna Rodriguez

Jenna Rodriguez

Jenna Rodriguez is a Digital Marketing Communications Specialist at Honeywell Aerospace. She specializes in visual communications through, but not limited to, design, branding and video production.

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