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Changing the Future with Predictive Insights

Surprises are the enemy of aviation, so finding any way to reduce unexpected costs and challenges is a vital goal for business operations and mission success. With predictive insights, you increase your perspective on what is likely, providing the best opportunity for making good decisions when they matter most.

Leveling Up Your Data

Predictive insight isn’t just about data—it's about combining that data with experience and advanced analytical tools to predict what could happen next.

The foundation of predictive solutions are those that collect data from physical systems and store and aggregate that data. These systems are descriptive: they can tell you what happened. Diagnostic systems take it a step further by telling you why something happened.

To reach predictive systems, though, you need to analyze data and patterns from past events, make assumptions and test them to provide probabilities about the future. And in the very best predictive systems, you can even receive prescriptive guidance to help you address issues.

Seeing the Future, Solving the Future

Predictive insights can be applied to multiple aspects of aviation:

  • Maintenance decisions: By predicting what could break or malfunction, you can help your maintenance crews prepare to turn aircraft around quickly, thus avoiding downtime and boosting profits or mission readiness.
  • Safety decisions: By understanding the likelihood of weather or terrain hazards you can improve strategic maneuvering and optimize routes.
  • Ground handling operations: Predictions of aircraft arrivals and needed maintenance can help ground crews prepare for and carry out tasks quickly.
  • In-flight decisions: With real-time insights on potential issues or hazards, you can improve on-time performance and reduce delays.

At the Edge of What’s Possible

We work at the point of mechanical and software convergence. We have deep domain expertise in sensors and actuators, data technology, engineering and maintenance. It enables us to tell operators about possible component or system failures and the likelihood of weather or terrain hazards.

Our analytics solutions not only predict imminent issues or hazards, they also provide prescriptive, actionable insight on what to do next. That gives your maintenance and ground crews the information they need and provides flight operations teams with the best routes for safety or fuel saving.

With more than 100 years in aerospace and solutions on nearly every aircraft in the world, we have the experience to turn your data into predictive insights. And as with all of our data analytics solutions, our customers own their own data.

Let us help you take your data to the next level and begin providing the predictive insights to streamline operations and improve safety for your organization.

Predict a Better Bottom Line

See how predictive insights can improve your operations and your bottom line.

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What are predictive insights?

Predictive insights use advanced analysis of big data to diagnose and predict challenges and even suggest solutions. They offer a way to enhance safety, improve performance, reduce maintenance costs and unplanned downtime, and provide a better passenger experience.

How can they help aviation?

Predictive insights go beyond data to predict outcomes within a larger context. They increase perspective on what is likely to occur, giving operators, pilots and maintenance staff at airlines, private aviation companies and defense organizations the best opportunity to make the optimal decisions.

How do predictive insights work?

Predictive insights come from the data—first by collecting it from physical components and systems, then storing, aggregating and analyzing it. By applying outside information and experience, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, you begin to create predictive models that places a numerical value—or score—on the likelihood of an event happening.

When aircraft data is combined with data from other enterprise systems and external data, such as weather, it’s possible to have a more comprehensive understanding of operational outcomes, future maintenance needs and upcoming hazards from weather or terrain.

What’s the difference between predictive and prescriptive systems?

Predictive systems analyze data and compare it with historical information to predict a specific outcome, such as an impending auxiliary power unit (APU) failure. Prescriptive systems go one step further and can help you address how you can avoid similar situations in the future. For instance, if the system predicts an APU failure, it would also give you recommendations on how to fix the problem, most likely by suggesting which components to replace and the best procedures for doing so.

In what specific areas can predictive insights aid the aviation industry?

Predictive insights can be used in three main ways:

  • To predict failures or service needs. One of the most talked about uses of predictive insights is in predictive maintenance, where machines help inform users of components or systems that might fail or require service. 
  • To assess the likelihood of weather or terrain hazards. With the right data sources, systems can create predictions of weather hazards or terrain hazards and provide guidance to lessen their impact or avoid them altogether.
  • To predict the best actions on the ground or in the air. Another use of predictive insights is to provide possible flight paths to pilots while in flight and crew on the ground. These predictions can inform all involved about issues and hazards and their impact on flight times, fuel use and more.
What benefits do predictive insights offer?

Benefits for owners, operators and flight crews include:

  • Improved bottom line, thanks to satisfied return customers who enjoy their smooth, on-time flights
  • Reduced safety risks by minimizing downtime and in-flight maintenance issues
  • Cost savings from more efficient maintenance and reduced aircraft on ground (AOG) time and fuel use
  • Enhanced safety, comfort and improved arrival times for business or personal jets
  • Shorter turnaround times
  • More efficient flight paths while avoiding bad weather and turbulence


Benefits for maintainers and ground crews include:

  • Reduced downtime for maintenance with the ability to identify needed replacement components ahead of time
  • More efficient and accurate inspection of aircraft parts with AI systems that can identify issues down to the sub-component level
  • Decreased likelihood of in-flight maintenance surprises
  • Potential discounts on maintenance costs from providers that use data analytics to track flight behaviors known to affect engine wear, such as flight length, throttle settings and flight environment

Benefits for passengers include:

  • Fewer flight delays and improved on-time arrivals and departures, thanks to increased aircraft uptime and decreased turnaround time
  • Smoother, safer flights with predictive weather information that enables pilots to avoid storms and turbulence
What solutions for predictive insights does Honeywell offer?

The following Honeywell solutions deliver predictive insights that can keep flights safer, more efficient and less costly:

  • GoDirect Connected Maintenancea nose-to-tail solution that analyzes aircraft data and delivers diagnostics as well as predictive and prescriptive alerts
  • GoDirect Flight Efficiencydesigned to help airlines make flight operation decisions by collecting all flight data in one easy-to-access dashboard
  • GoDirect Ground Handlingbuilt to help you manage the ground handling process effectively and efficiently with real-time information and an easy-to-use graphical interface
  • Health and Usage Monitoringprovides diagnostic information required for optimum performance
  • Connected Radarcombines information from a range of inputs to create the most complete view ever of weather along an aircraft’s route
  • Aircraft Data Gatewaygives airlines an affordable and flexible way to wirelessly transfer data on and off their aircraft in real time
  • Traffic Avoidance Systemshelps extend crew awareness farther in front of the aircraft
  • Enhanced Ground Proximity Warningserves as an independent monitor of an aircraft's position relative to surrounding terrain
  • UAV Inspectiona data-driven analytics and information service designed to reduce inspection costs and enhance efficiency
Why should I choose Honeywell as my provider of predictive insights solutions?

Honeywell offers a unique perspective and longtime, diverse experience in the aviation industry. Because we provide components, systems and sensors to collect data, plus the software to make use of the data, we can offer a more complete solution.

As a high-stakes technology provider, we’re in the business of providing safety with no room for error. Unlike providers operating in other fields, our software must provide highly accurate and dependable views of what will happen every time. These strengths make us perfectly suited to help you bring predictive insights to your organization.