Honeywell is bet­ting big on an es­ti­mated $7 bil­lion mar­ket op­por­tu­nity glob­ally in ‘Con­nected Air­craft’ busi­ness of­fer­ing ser­vices that cost much less than in-flight entertainment to­day. On board the avion­ics maker’s Boe­ing 757 test air­craft, we ex­pe­ri­enc


HONEYWELL IN­TER­NA­TIONAL, BROUGHT IN a ‘con­nected air­craft’, a Boe­ing 757, for the first time to In­dia to show­case their con­nected air­craft tech­nolo­gies and ser­vices which can help air­lines to re­duce fuel con­sump­tion, main­te­nance cost and pro­vide high-seed Wi-Fi on board. Pilots will be able to avoid clear air tur­bu­lence thanks to re­al­time weather in­for­ma­tion, while pas­sen­gers can down­load movies at least as quickly as they can at home, all thanks to Honeywell’s Con­nected Air­craft con­cept. Es­ti­mat­ing the mar­ket for con­nected air­craft to be $7 bil­lion glob­ally and that there would be rapid adop­tion of such tech­nolo­gies, Honeywell fore­casts that by 2025, an es­ti­mated 25,000 planes will be equipped with Wi-Fi with con­sumer de­mand mak­ing air­lines in­vest in such tech­nolo­gies.

A ‘ con­nected’ air­craft can re­duce fuel cost and emis­sion by 5 per cent, can re­ceive, trans­mit, an­a­lyse and share data en­abling more in­formed de­ci­sion-mak­ing, help re­duce op­er­a­tional costs and of­fer an im­proved fly­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Honeywell es­ti­mates that flight de­lays world­wide cost air­lines about $25 bil­lion and a grounded commercial jet, while be­ing worked on, can cost up to $10,000 an hour. A con­nected air­craft can help avoid all that, the com­pany said. The amount of data gen­er­ated by a flight is breath­tak­ing. “A sin­gle twin-en­gine air­craft can gen­er­ate up to 844TB of data from 12h of flight, which is ap­prox­i­mately 27,000 32GB iPhone 7s,” Honeywell says. An Air­bus A380 is fit­ted with as many as 25,000 sen­sors. Lev­er­ag­ing new tech­nol­ogy and much more re­li­able high-speed Wi-Fi con­nec­tions, the Con­nected Air­craft con­nects an air­plane’s com­po­nents and equip­ment, en­abling each to im­me­di­ately send, re­ceive and an­a­lyze data thereby im­prov­ing fleet man­age­ment, flight safety, pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence, main­te­nance, flight op­er­a­tions, air­craft turn­around time and costs.

The GoDirect Flight Pre­view ap­pli­ca­tion gives pilots a highly ac­cu­rate, three-di­men­sional pre­view of the run­way and sur­round­ing ter­rain be­fore they take off to en­able prepa­ra­tion for dif­fi­cult or un­usual ap­proaches. This tech­nol­ogy gives pilots con­fi­dence to land at new air­ports and op­ti­mize route se­lec­tion for faster, safer and more ef­fi­cient flights. Ad­just­ing to the right flight­path us­ing GoDirect Fuel Ef­fi­ciency soft­ware re­duces the amount of fuel pilots use as it col­lects, mon­i­tors and analy­ses data to help op­er­a­tors op­ti­mise fuel ef­fi­ciency and se­lect the most fuel-effi-

cient flight­paths. With GoDirect Con­nected Main­te­nance, air­lines can be more ef­fi­cient and pre­dic­tive in the way they main­tain their fleets. They proac­tively trou­bleshoot me­chan­i­cal is­sues to avoid air­craft down­time.

On board the con­nected air­craft, GoDirect Weather gives pilots real-time weather data on the flight­path, al­low­ing them to plan the safest, most ef­fi­cient routes pos­si­ble. A new con­nected radar func­tion will pro­vide crowd sourced weather in­for­ma­tion from other air­craft in the sky and share that in­for­ma­tion through an app, giv­ing an ac­cu­rate view of the weather around the world.

Also, the air­craft can pro­vide 10 to 100 times faster Wi-Fi speeds while en­sur­ing a se­cure com­mu­ni­ca­tion link to and from the air­craft. Pas­sen­gers will get on-board in­ter­net at speeds that will be as good, if not bet­ter than at home with speeds in ex­cess of 30mbps. The sys­tem, called JetWave has seam­less global broad­band ac­cess to the In­marsat GX satel­lites. You can down­load your movies from your seat and no longer have to do it be­fore you board. With more than 1,000 de­liv­er­ies to date, Honeywell is ad­vanc­ing in-flight Wi-Fi around the globe. Lead­ing global air­lines have adopted the tech­nol­ogy, namely, Lufthansa Group, Sin­ga­pore Air­lines, Qatar Airways, Viet­nam Air­lines, Air Caraibes, Air New Zealand, Sri Lankan Air­lines, Ethiopian Air­lines, Nor­we­gian Air Shuttle and Air As­tana.

The con­nected air­craft us­ing big data, an­a­lyt­ics and se­cure com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy can now bet­ter an­tic­i­pate op­por­tu­ni­ties en­sur­ing smooth ex­pe­ri­ence for pas­sen­gers while air­craft tech­ni­cians can get to know what parts of the air­craft need re­pair be­fore the flight ar­rives, help­ing in faster turn­around times. THE BEN­E­FITS OF CON­NECTED AIR­CRAFT. Fleet Man­age­ment

Re­duces fuel costs and emis­sions by up to 5 per cent Re­duces op­er­a­tional dis­rup­tions by up to 35 per cent Cut down In­op­er­a­tive Equip­ment by up to 86 per cent Pas­sen­ger Ex­pe­ri­ence Pro­vides 10-100X faster Wi-Fi speeds Of­fers high speed con­nec­tion with fewer drops Fa­cil­i­tates smoother and safer flights Flight Op­er­a­tions Cuts the cost of net­work dis­rup­tion Saves up to 5% in flight time with ATC pri­or­ity Im­proves ar­rival times and dis­patch speed Ground Op­er­a­tions Re­duces “grounded” time Avoids costly haz­ards Cuts trou­bleshoot­ing time by up to 25 per cent Ac­cess to high-speed connectivity has the po­ten­tial to bring about a rev­o­lu­tion in air­craft op­er­a­tions unlocking crit­i­cal data like weather in­for­ma­tion, en­gine us­age, main­te­nance re­port­ing and more that can be bet­ter shared and an­a­lyzed to help op­er­a­tors im­prove ef­fi­ciency and re­duce costs. En­hanced pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence on the plane would be an added ben­e­fit.

Reit­er­at­ing Honeywell’s com­mit­ment to In­dia, Neelu Kha­tri, Pres­i­dent, Aerospace, Honeywell In­dia said “As one of the world tech­nol­ogy lead­ers in re­li­able, global and high-speed connectivity so­lu­tions, Honeywell sup­ports the lo­cal author­ity’s vi­sion for In­dia’s air­lines to of­fer in-flight Wi-Fi on all flights. Honeywell is ded­i­cated to govern­ment ini­tia­tives such as ‘Make in In­dia’ and ‘Re­gional Connectivity Scheme’, and our fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing strate­gic re­la­tion­ships and in­vest­ments in high-growth re­gions sup­ports In­dia’s grow­ing aerospace and de­fence in­dus­tries”.

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