Taking Environmental Performance to New Heights

April 20, 2017 | Author: Iliya Maksimov

It would be hard to name an industry that has done more to improve its environmental performance in recent years than air transportation. Earth Day 2017 is a great time to reflect on the progress the industry has made.

The newest aircraft models are engineering marvels that are much more efficient than those built even a decade ago. With more efficient engines and airframes, this new generation of business jets and airliners uses much less fuel than the aircraft they’re designed to replace, with corresponding improvements in greenhouse gas emissions. For example, Boeing says the new 787 Dreamliner uses 20 percent less fuel than similar-sized planes.

We’re proud of the role Honeywell Aerospace has played in shrinking the industry’s environmental footprint. Honeywell technology helps aircraft operators become more efficient, reduce fuel consumption and costs, and minimize CO2 emissions.

Our latest turbine engines for business aircraft and helicopters incorporate new designs and materials that deliver better performance, burn cleaner and quieter, and save fuel. Avionics innovations like our flight management technology help pilots fly the most direct routes, saving fuel at every phase of flight. And our work with industry partners and regulators is helping to reinvent the global air traffic management system to make it much more efficient and sustainable.

Honeywell’s unique expertise in connected aircraft technologies is letting us take fuel efficiency and environmental performance to a whole new level. Our GoDirect suite of flight services and applications gives aircraft operators the tools they need to improve the efficiency of their operations. Several of these services and applications are directly related to fuel economy and emissions management.

The GoDirect Fuel Efficiency solution is a great example. GoDirect Fuel Efficiency is a tool for monitoring actual aircraft fuel consumption and uncovering fuel-savings opportunities.

Already in use by 30 airlines on more than 2,000 aircraft, the GoDirect Fuel Efficiency solution can provide an airline with information that can help it save 2-3 percent of its annual fuel costs – amounting to millions of dollars, given that airlines typically spend 20-40 percent of their operating budgets on fuel.

In the last 12 months Honeywell customers saved more than 440 million pounds of fuel with GoDirect Fuel Efficiency. That translates to carbon emission reductions of 1.4 billion pounds – the equivalent of planting 300 million trees.

The solution gathers information from more than 100 data sources, including quick access recorder data from the aircraft. It then uses sophisticated analysis tools to identify fuel savings potential, and provides information and recommendations to airline decision-makers. It includes tools to monitor progress and report results of the airline’s fuel-efficiency program.

The GoDirect Emissions Management is especially designed to meet the needs of European airlines and international airlines that fly to destinations in the European Union. They must meet EU requirements to monitor their annual greenhouse gas emissions and report the totals to regulatory authorities.

It’s all part of the EU Emissions Trading System, which (among other things) puts an annual cap on an airline’s emissions. The EU requires airlines to make several reports including their annual fuel consumption, which is also used to estimate their environmental footprint.

GoDirect Emissions Management software collects data from airline information systems, checks the data for quality and automatically prepares the required reports. Besides all standard EU reports, many more reports are available to the airlines for additional analysis, carbon account management and auditing purposes.

Airlines can save an enormous amount of fuel and reduce emissions by staying on course and on schedule. That’s what the Honeywell Weather Information Service is all about.

Part of the GoDirect portfolio, the Weather Information Service app uses an easy-to-read map to provide flight crews with the freshest available weather information in flight so they can avoid severe weather, improve safety and passenger comfort, and reduce flight time and fuel consumption.

We’re now working on a weather “crowdsourcing” feature that will provide even more up-to-date information on weather conditions by accessing and aggregating data from other aircraft in flight.

Honeywell Aerospace employees worldwide are working on these and hundreds of other innovations to create a whole new generation of products, services and software solutions that will make commercial aviation greener and much more efficient.

Happy Earth Day 2017!

Iliya Maksimov

Iliya Maksimov - Principal Instructor, Fuel Efficiency Course

After burning thousands and thousands of kilograms of fuel flying a Boeing 737 all over Europe for logistics firm DHL, Iliya switched sides and is now supporting multiple initiatives to reduce fuel consumption. He has helped Turkish Airlines and Jet Airways to implement GoDirect Flight Efficiency, software solutions that helps airlines improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. Most recently, Iliya has provided hands-on fuel efficiency training to dozens of aviation professionals as the principal instructor of the Fuel Efficiency course.

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