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Honeywell and BendixKing Impress at NBAA ‘21
Honeywell and BendixKing Impress at NBAA ‘21
What happened in Vegas October 12-14 points to bright days ahead for the business aviation industry, according to Honeywell and BendixKing team members who attended the 2021 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA/BACE).
“Even though crowds were smaller than in past years, NBAA/BACE 2021 was a very successful show for us,” said Freddie Zonoozi, Vice President of International Sales for BendixKing, a Honeywell company. “It was good to be back with customers after the show was cancelled in 2020. We felt this year’s show brought more committed buyers and we met with customers and prospects who showed great interest in BendixKing solutions.”
Communication at its highest
Interacting with customers is one of the best parts of an event like NBAA/BACE, said Tom Neumann, Vice President of Operations for BendixKing. “It’s important to talk with customers face-to-face and show them what we have to offer,” he said. “For example, there was lots of interest in our upgrade solutions for smaller business jets, like autopilots, navigators and integrated flight decks.”
Visitors flocked to Honeywell’s booth on the exhibition floor to learn about Honeywell and BendixKing products, services and software solutions for new and legacy business aircraft. Honeywell also gave visitors a glimpse of the future of business aviation with breakthrough developments in flight deck technology, Urban Air Mobility and Unmanned Aerial Systems, advanced weather radar, high-speed connectivity and much more.
New technologies that deliver
Honeywell generated a lot of buzz with the public unveiling of Honeywell Anthem, a groundbreaking sixth-generation flight deck that can be customized for virtually every type of aircraft including the light business jets that use BendixKing equipment.
“Customers and the aviation trade press were extremely impressed with Honeywell Anthem,” said Product Line Director Jason Bialek. “In all, we showed the new flight deck to more than 75 people, including representatives of several leading aircraft manufacturers. We were excited to demonstrate all the features that push the innovation envelope, like always-on cloud connectivity and the most intuitive pilot interface ever developed.”
“Honeywell Anthem will transform the pilot experience and make flying safer, easier and more enjoyable than ever before,” Bialek concluded. “It was great to have the opportunity to show all the capabilities of this exciting new concept that promises to change the way cockpits look and function forever.”
Improving the aviation industry
With both new and used business jets in high demand, operators are keeping their aircraft longer and are turning to Honeywell and BendixKing to help modernize their current fleets. Traffic was steady at the Honeywell exhibit and many visitors were interested in learning about cockpit upgrades, including the BendixKing advanced AeroVue Integrated Flight Deck, which was derived from the Honeywell Primus Epic and Primus Apex avionics and tailored for retrofit into Part 23 Class III and IV, and Part 25 aircraft.
BendixKing also showcased its range of products designed specifically for light business jets and general aviation aircraft. Included were the AeroCruze 230 autopilot, a touchscreen autopilot upgrade solution for outdated KFC 150 and KFC 200 autopilots, and the RDR-2060 weather radar upgrade for RDR-2000 owners.
Connectivity’s in the air
At this year’s event, operators continued to demonstrate an enormous appetite for delivering a better, faster, more reliable connected experience for passengers and flight crews, with satellite communications systems like Honeywell’s JetWave and BendixKing’s AeroWave, and the unique Honeywell Forge cabin connectivity and flight services platform.
NBAA/BACE 2021 was a memorable one for Sales Director Frank Muscolino, who’s worked about 20 shows over his 25-year Honeywell career. “I think we were all holding our breath to see if people would show up and get back in the swing of things. Yes, the crowds were smaller and there were fewer exhibits this year, but it was a very busy show for us. We made quality contacts and we got a lot of business done. We’re feeling very positive about the business aviation industry going forward.”