ZHUHAI, China, Nov. 2, 2016 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has received Federal Aviation Administration approval for use of the Mandarin Chinese language for cockpit warnings in its enhanced ground proximity warning system. The approval will help reduce cognitive workloads for native Chinese-speaking pilots by increasing recognition of these warnings, providing proven and potentially lifesaving performance for helicopter pilots.
The use of Mandarin in Honeywell’s Mark XXII enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS) is the first cockpit system using non-English-language aural alerts to obtain approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. This marks a significant milestone for Honeywell and the aviation industry worldwide, as the breakthrough unlocks the potential for Honeywell to work on additional language alerts for EGPWS in the future.
Developed by Honeywell in 1996, EGPWS functions as an independent monitor of an aircraft’s position relative to surrounding terrain. The system protects aircraft against Controlled Flight Into Terrain, such as mountains or buildings, and potential runway incursions or overruns.
“EGPWS is widely considered one of the biggest success stories in the history of aviation, and we are proud to offer a Mandarin-language version that will be of huge benefit to native Chinese-speaking pilots,” said Andy Gill, senior director, Business and General Aviation, Asia Pacific, Honeywell Aerospace. “As helicopter use in China continues to rise, Honeywell is committed to providing pilots and operators with best-in-class solutions that enable safer and more efficient operations. Looking ahead, our success with this Mandarin version puts us in a strong position to work on more language addition that will benefit end users in other markets worldwide.”
Honeywell has invested heavily in engineering and technology in China, with over 500 engineers and five joint ventures established to support projects and organizations in the country. “Our Chinese engineers drive the local research and development, as well as support aerospace product efforts worldwide. They played a vital role in developing the Mandarin callouts for the EGPWS. It is just one of the excellent examples that demonstrate Honeywell’s strategy of strengthening the engineering capability in the region,” said Jun Xu, Aerospace engineering and technology leader of Honeywell Technology Solutions China.
In May 2016, China’s State Council announced new guidelines for the development of the country’s general aviation industry, including targets of more than 500 general aviation airports and 5,000 general aviation aircraft by 2020. With the approval of Mandarin EGPWS, Honeywell is well-positioned to support the growth of China’s general aviation industry by offering Chinese helicopter pilots enhanced flight safety and efficiency.
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