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Airliner Taking Off at Sky Harbor
Airliner Taking Off at Sky Harbor

Making Aviation Safer and Smarter

With Urban Air Mobility, air traffic will become even more congested. As aviation authorities begin adapting to the shift in airspace dynamics, they agree there is an overwhelming need for improvement in communications, GPS accuracy, sensors, microprocessors, autonomous flight and more. Only with these advances will the congested airspace be safe.

A Focus on Safety

We’re dedicated to helping customers gain visibility and control of the elements that threaten safety in every environment. Our goal is to ensure the safety for all manned and unmanned missions, from takeoff to landing.

For over 100 years, we’ve been working on doing exactly that for aircraft operators; military, medevac and air ambulance organizations; and others in aviation. That’s why we’re working with partners across the industry to address modern challenges.

A History of Safety Innovation Firsts

  • First automatic direction finder
  • First authorized traffic collision avoidance system 
  • First ground proximity warning system 
  • First-of-its-kind control and consulting service for connected aircraft
  • First GPS-based precision landing capability

Building A Case for Safety

100 years of aviation safety backs up today's technology, and we have the safety record to move your business forward.

The Experience to Deliver

Our products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft in the world. Our customers and the public benefit from the continued quality and reliability of our equipment.

Our team develops innovative solutions for more fuel-efficient automobiles and airplanes, more direct and on-time flights, incident prevention, safer flying and runway traffic, and more. With a unique portfolio that spans network connectivity, hardware, software and a host of services, we are perfectly positioned to help make the future of flight safer and smarter.

Ready to Talk?

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Modern flight is already incredibly safe. What are the benefits of further investment?

Beyond their immediate contribution to the safety of pilots, passengers, crew and aircraft, safety investments bring significant benefits in cost, efficiency and operations. For example, turbulence costs the global airline industry more than $100 million each year.[1] Safety upgrades that help pilots avoid turbulence would bring significant savings. Safety solutions that provide better access to information, fuel management or traffic awareness would also help aircraft operators streamline systems, reduce waste and operate more efficiently.

What makes Honeywell different?

Experience. With more than 100 years in the aviation, defense and space industries; solutions on nearly every aircraft in the world; and our knowledge in serving 500 airports globally, we understand the high-stakes world of aviation. Honeywell pioneered many of the key safety tools in use today, including developing the first ground proximity warning system (GPWS) in the 1970s, and introducing the enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS) in 1996. We were also the first to offer an FAA-approved traffic awareness solution.

What are the top aviation safety threats to a defense mission?

Military and defense organizations face certain threats that civilian aviation does not. The nature of their missions means pilots often fly in precarious conditions, making terrain and weather awareness a vital component of mission success. These conditions also increase the relevance of maintenance as an aspect of mission safety.

Is there a way to address terrain, weather and traffic hazards at once?

Yes. Terrain, weather and traffic hazards are among the top safety issues. Honeywell’s Aircraft Environmental Surveillance System combines our weather, terrain and traffic awareness solutions to create holistic understanding of the environment and improve flight safety.

What safety concerns are associated with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) vehicles?

UAVs and UAM vehicles raise concerns about noise, vibration, turbulence and their effects on urban residents. In addition, the precision of autonomous flight for both UAVs and UAM vehicles is crucial, particularly during take-off and landing, so that people nearby are not harmed by the vehicles, winds or flying debris. New solutions for obstacle avoidance and situational awareness will also be necessary.

Are there any upcoming mandates regarding safety and safety equipment?

Yes. Most of the mandates currently proposed by aviation authorities deal with safety in part, and some focus on it specifically.

  • European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has a series of mandates requiring upgraded cockpit voice recorders and underwater locating devices.
  • Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) mandate is designed to provide safer flight in more crowded airspace.
  • FAA Future Air Navigation System 1/A (FANS 1/A) and Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) mandates have similar goals.
  • Civil Aviation Safety Authority flight and duty time regulations in Australia directly address the dangers of pilot fatigue.

For a full view of upcoming aviation mandates, visit our mandates timeline.