Top 5 Reasons Honeywell’s New Compact Fly-By-Wire System is Right for Your Aircraft

June 03, 2019 | Author: Mike Ingram

Flight control systems are used to adjust and control the attitude and trajectory of an aircraft. In the past, original systems used cables to control all moving surfaces. Fly-By-Wire (FBW), is a fully electronic flight control system that replaces the conventional manual controls of an aircraft with an all-electronic interface. Instead of manually controlling an aircraft, a computer controls all the moveable surfaces, sending messages through digital cabling. Honeywell has long been a leading provider of FBW systems, with thousands of our FBW systems in commercial airliners today. We’ve recently developed a new system called the Honeywell Compact Fly-By-Wire System, which is lighter, smaller and as powerful as the original. So, why should you consider the new Compact Fly-By-Wire System?

Here are five reasons:

Honeywell’s Compact Fly-By-Wire System is small in size, weighs less and offers aircraft manufacturers more flexibility for aircraft design. It provides the power and capability of any other traditional system, in a smaller form factor. Plus, less weight means more fuel savings.

Increased Safety
Our system is founded on architectural principles, first applied in Air Transport FBW systems, to ensure all possible failures are passivated and redundant channels can seamlessly transfer control without disturbing aircraft control or relying on pilot heroics to recover the aircraft. FBW systems act as if the autopilot is always engaged, creating a safer flying experience. FBW can also provide envelope limiting, which controls the aircraft within a safe operating envelope even if a pilot becomes disoriented. This Compact Fly-By-Wire System is perfect for future Urban Air Mobility platforms as well, creating a stabilized flying experience for unmanned vehicles.

Suitable for Many Aircraft
The Compact Fly-By-Wire System is suitable for any electric or hybrid aircraft and traditional Part 23 platforms.

Reduced Maintenance Costs
Eliminating your traditional cable control system will free up space throughout the aircraft. Implementing “cable-less” avionics will help reduce the costs not only through design, production and development but also for the all-inclusive maintenance and overhaul process.

Decades of Experience
Honeywell has decades of experience designing flight control systems. Our systems are in the most advanced aircraft, including Boeing 787s, E1 Jets and COMAC C919s. In addition to designs, we also have the experience of integration and certification of FBW systems. Honeywell is one of the first companies to offer a truly compact FBW system for today’s market.


Mike Ingram

Vice President and General Manager of Honeywell Aerospace Cockpit Systems

Mike Ingram is the Vice President and General Manager of Honeywell Aerospace Cockpit Systems. He owns Cockpit System’s P&L that encompasses air transport and business general aviation for the Primus and Primus Epic integrated flight decks, flight management systems (FMS), flight controls, Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning Systems (EGPWS), On Board Maintenance Systems (OMS), Synthetic Vision Systems (SVS) and Integrated military avionics platforms. Mike joined Honeywell in July 2018 from GE Aviation Systems (Avionics) division where he was on an overseas assignment in Shanghai. He was the VP of Strategy and Growth for AVIAGE SYSTEMS, a 50/50 JV between GE and AVIC for the COMAC C919 aircraft. Prior to GE he worked at Avidyne in multiple engineering and product management leadership roles across its portfolio of integrated cockpits and aftermarket products. He is a pilot and has 20 years of global avionics technical and commercial experience. Mike has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a MS in Ocean Engineering from the University of Rhode Island.

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  • Adam Ehrmantraut

    I would like to learn more about your compact fly by wire system. Adam Ehrmantraut Avionics Architect