“Over the Oceans and Through the Clouds…”

November 22, 2016 | Author: Bill Kircos

Forget that old saying ‘over the river and through the woods.’ This Thanksgiving, more Americans than ever before will travel by airplane on their way to grandmother’s house. The Airlines for America trade group predicts that 27 million people will fly on U.S. airlines Thanksgiving Week – that’s a new record and an increase of 2.5 percent over the 2015 holiday.

This week – and every week – the airline industry brings family and friends together and enables us all to live better, more productive, more fulfilling lives.

While there’s still plenty of room to improve the passenger experience, there’s no arguing that flying in a commercial aircraft is a modern miracle and the safest, most efficient form of transportation the world has ever known. For that, we can all give thanks.

When you fly on a modern commercial jetliner, Honeywell is right there with you. Our innovations have been advancing the science of flight for more than a century. It would be hard to name another company that has done more to improve the safety, efficiency and comfort of your flight.

No one knows more about flight safety than Honeywell. Our engineers invented technologies like the Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System that provides pilots with timely, accurate information to reduce the risk of collisions with natural or manmade objects on the ground.

We pioneered Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System technology that prevents midair collisions and SmartLanding and SmartRunway systems that make airports safer. Our new IntuVue 3D weather radars help pilots steer around weather hazards, avoid turbulence and stay on schedule. And our new Weather Information Service application – part of our GoDirect suite of apps and aviation services – gives flight crews access to the most up-to-date weather information available.

Other Honeywell contributions to improving your flying experience include our industry leading connected aircraft products, services and software solutions that are changing the face of inflight connectivity. Working with our partner Inmarsat, we’re delivering an airborne Wi-Fi experience with speed and reliability that will remind you of your home and office. The Global Xpress Aviation network is rolling out and will soon be available on even more aircraft. Find out more at our website wifithatflies.com.

We’re also playing a major role in reinventing the world’s air traffic management system. Honeywell is involved in the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) initiative in Europe and the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) effort in the United States. In addition, Honeywell has established an ATM laboratory in China to work with top university and industry partners to improve the country’s ATM capabilities.

With these and many other innovations to our credit, Honeywell has lots to be thankful for. For starters, we’re thankful to be part of this great aviation industry, which does so much to change people’s lives for the better. We’re thankful for our customers and partners, who challenge us to push the boundaries of what’s possible and do better every day. Most of all, we’re thankful for Honeywell employees the world over – it’s their passion, creativity and plain old hard work that have inspired our success for more than 100 years.

Happy Thanksgiving! Travel safely!

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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