If there’s a mission helicopters can perform, there’s a good chance Honeywell is onboard, with systems ranging from engines to navigation, from communications to health monitoring systems.
So it’s no surprise that Honeywell is onboard with supporting World Helicopter Day, held on the third Sunday of August each year. This year the event takes place August 20 with celebrations being staged by manufacturers, operators and enthusiasts in dozens of locations throughout the world.
The third World Helicopter Day aims to raise awareness of the contributions that helicopters make to our society and celebrate the diverse range of people that design, fly and support them. Throughout the world every day there are people relying on helicopters for rescues, disaster relief, transport, firefighting, medical transfers, powerline maintenance, tourism, agriculture and many more roles.
With more than 50 years in the helicopter business, Honeywell has a long legacy of offering high-performance power for many different platforms. The LTS101 and HTS900 engines can be found on commercial helicopters around the world and engines like the T55 turboshaft are currently in use on military helicopters, including the U.S. Army’s Chinook. More than 6,000 T55 engines and 2,100 LTS101 engines have been delivered to customers around the world.
The newest member of Honeywell’s engine family, the lightweight HTS900, enables engines to perform in hotter and higher environment, improving the payload capability of the helicopter by 40 percent at 12,000 feet.
Honeywell also keeps crew and passengers both safe and comfortable in the air. Using the Inmarsat I-4 satellite network, the Aspire 200 Satcom System provides worldwide voice and data connectivity while the Sky Connect Tracker delivers total situational awareness and helps dispatchers manage aircraft with a complete tracking and communications system.
Keeping helicopter pilots aware of what’s going on with their aircraft is the job of the Mark XXII Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS), which lets pilots know if they’re too close to terrain or are descending excessively while reducing windshear risks and alerting posssible runway incursions.
To get detailed information on how helicopter organizations are celebrating this day, check out the variety of events being staged around the world to find one near you.
The hashtag #worldhelicopterday will be used to tie in activity across different social media platforms.
It’s a great opportunity for industry and public to share their common passion by getting up close and personal with one of the most important aviation technologies ever invented.