New Primus Epic® Features Give Pilots Better View

October 31, 2014

Honeywell is working on new features for the Primus Epic® integrated flight deck that will keep pilots better informed and safer, in the air and on the ground.

Several new technology features were on display for the global business aviation community at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention and Exhibition, which was held Oct. 21-23 in Orlando, Fla.

“Primus Epic is one of the most advanced flight decks available for business and commercial aircraft, and these new features showcase that innovation is at its best at Honeywell,” said Brian Sill, President, Business and General Aviation, Honeywell Aerospace. “Honeywell created and refined all of these features in its advanced technologies labs and collaborated with numerous aircraft manufacturers and pilots in test flights to ensure the technology provides the best user experience possible.”

Primus Epic enhancements include:

  • Honeywell’s SmartView Synthetic Vision: for Lower Landing Minimums. These updates bring SmartView to the Primary Flight Display (PFD) and prepare aircraft to take advantage of updated lower landing minimums, going from 200 to 150 feet.
  • 2-D and 3-D airport moving maps: The 2-D moving map shows runways, taxiways, airport structures, and signs at many airports on the navigation display, while the 3-D moving map upgrades the Synthetic Vision System with an “out-the-window” view of the airport on the PFD.
  • Cockpit display of traffic information: This feature presents the position of nearby automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) aircraft on the flight deck multifunction display, giving the flight crew better awareness and understanding of airborne and surface traffic.
  • Touchscreen controls: With an eight-inch diagonal screen, Primus Epic will support touch for functions such as the flight management window, radio tuning, flight planning, checklist, systems control and more.
  • Flight deck connectivity: Wireless data loading can eliminate cost and effort for implementing upgrades and updates. Pilots will benefit from an “always-up-to-date flight deck” with full-featured graphical worldwide weather, real-time updates of key layers on the navigation display, and just-in-time delivery of relevant location specific information.

Honeywell also featured enhancements to its Primus Elite flight deck, an LCD-display upgrade for legacy SPZ-8400/8500 and Primus 1000/2000/2000XP flight decks. These features will be introduced in late 2015:

  • Integrated Primary Flight Display with Synthetic Vision System: This will offer a more graphical and intuitive display for enhanced situation awareness.
  • XM Meteorological Aviation Report and Terminal Area Forecast: The enhanced map will be upgraded to provide more up-to-date weather information.
  • Traffic Collision Avoidance System: A new flight awareness layer will be added to the Enhanced Map feature.
  • On-wing field loading of application software and databases: This provides a significantly improved user experience, allowing all display units to be uploaded at the same time, without removal, using the DL1000 and greatly reducing the total time required for data uploads.