Access to global connectivity is changing the very nature of the helicopter industry. Honeywell’s experience in connectivity and communications gives helicopter operators access to unparalleled levels of data and the ability to track their fleet and stay connected anywhere in the world, regardless of whether they are over land or water. This is bringing a new connected experience to helicopter pilots and operators and meeting the needs of this growing market segment.
Honeywell attended HAI HELI-EXPO 2017 in Dallas this March to discuss the Connected Aircraft. There’s no question that some of the most buzzed-about topics from the show were the advancement of the connected helicopter and its wide range of solutions.
At the show, Honeywell announced a number of new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) and more underway that enable Honeywell’s connected helicopter solutions, including the Aspire 200 system and Health and Usage Monitoring Systems.
Honeywell Connected Helicopter Offerings:
The Aspire 200 provides a true broadband experience for the helicopter operator, providing reliable, consistent and high-speed connectivity through the rotor wash whether the helicopter is over land or water. At this year’s HELI-EXPO, we announced new STCs for the Leonardo AW139 and more in progress for the Sikorsky S-92 and UH-60 Blackhawk, and the Airbus AS332 Super Puma and AS350.
HUMS integrates with the Sky Connect Tracker III and Aspire 200 systems to maintain helicopters and reduce maintenance costs, aircraft downtime and total cost of aircraft ownership through its health and usage data. We announced STCs for the Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk and S-76C+/++, Leonardo AW139, and Airbus EC145, as well as an STC pending FAA approval for the Airbus AS350. We also received Brazilian ANAC STCs for the Bell 206 and Airbus EC135 and EC145.
The Sky Connect Tracker III is an industry-leading fleet tracking system with voice, text, data recording and mapping capabilities. Honeywell was the first to provide this simultaneous integrated tracking and communication functions to operators.
For more information on these products and Honeywell’s connected helicopter, check out Tom Neumann’s blog.