BENDIXKING, AIRWORK TO CERTIFY COCKPIT UPGRADES FOR LIGHT, MEDIUM-SIZE GENERAL AVIATION HELICOPTERS

 

  • BendixKing is working with Airwork to provide helicopter operators with an affordable core avionics suite that offers near-4K resolution, touch display, critical flight data and more

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., July 17, 2019 -- BendixKing, a business unit of Honeywell (NYSE: HON), and Airwork New Zealand are collaborating to develop Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for cockpit upgrades of light and medium-size general aviation helicopters. BendixKing’s AeroVue Touch Integrated Flight Deck is qualified to be installed on Part 27 light helicopters.

“Airwork and BendixKing have worked together for over 30 years. This new collaboration will allow us to upgrade analog cockpit systems with new technology that will greatly improve safety and help reduce accidents,” said Shane McMahon, general manager, Airwork. “With BendixKing’s technology, we will be able to target this section of the helicopter market and provide a significant improvement in situational awareness that will provide a reduction in pilot workload while enhancing operational safety during demanding phases of flight.”

The STC for this suite will be developed by Airwork, initially for the Airbus AS350 helicopter, with support from BendixKing’s engineering team. The solution, which draws on Honeywell’s expertise in commercial and military aircraft programs as well as existing Primus Epic and Apex flight decks, will allow operators of utility helicopters to replace their older analog gauges with advanced technology displays like that of a complex business or commercial aircraft.

Following successful installation on the first aircraft, other similar aircraft types will be added to the STC.

By integrating the latest in cockpit upgrades into a unified solution, Airwork can greatly increase functionality while also cutting down on costs. In addition to new functionality from Honeywell’s SmartView™ synthetic vision system and ADS-B In for weather and traffic, the cockpit technology package from BendixKing will provide helicopter operators with:

  • Near-real-time flight data information. Flight data is recorded and easy to wirelessly transmit to maintenance and operational organizations on the ground. The new functionality also meets current flight data monitoring, maintenance and safety management system requirements.
  • Minimal downtime for installation. BendixKing’s suite of cockpit technologies are panel-mounted and can be installed quickly, minimizing downtime to three weeks or less.
  • A reduction in ongoing operational and maintenance costs. The AeroVue Touch Integrated Flight Deck displays are independent and do not have mechanical moving parts. This may eliminate certain maintenance issues.

“We’re bringing the quality and sophistication of BendixKing’s avionics systems to the Airbus AS350 aircraft,” said Freddie Zonoozi, vice president, International Sales, BendixKing. “These technologies provide a significant improvement in reliability by replacing analog instrumentation with a modern solid-state solution. The reduction in weight, parts and aircraft wiring also allows for a lighter aircraft, requiring less fuel and providing improved savings.”

BendixKing also offers this technology as part of its Total Avionics Plan, making it an affordable option for customers that lack the working capital to fund upgrades. To learn more about the technology and see BendixKing’s latest cockpit upgrade offerings on display, stop by the BendixKing Pavilion at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019.

About BendixKing
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About Honeywell
Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft. The Aerospace business unit builds aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity systems, mechanical components and more. Its hardware and software solutions create more fuel-efficient aircraft, more direct and on-time flights and safer skies and airports. For more information, visit www.honeywell.com or follow us at @Honeywell_Aero.

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