Honeywell’s Integrated Surveillance System The First to Receive TSO Approval
System provides pilots with the ultimate in situational awareness
Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that it continues to lead the industry in safety and surveillance as evidenced by the Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval Honeywell received from the Federal Aviation Administration for its Aircraft Environment Surveillance System (AESS). Honeywell AESS is the first and only integrated surveillance system to obtain this approval.
Honeywell’s integrated system combines the Traffic Alert Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), Mode S transponders, Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) and Advanced 3-D Volumetric Weather Radar (RDR-4000) into a single unit – offering pilots increased situational awareness to reduce workload and maximize route and fuel efficiency.
“On the ground or in the air, getting information to pilots is critical,” said Bob Smith, Vice President, Advanced Technology. “Honeywell continues to advance flight safety by creating this system that not only surround pilots with the key information they need such as weather, traffic and terrain, but also integrates these systems into lighter weight, more cost-effective platforms.”
Honeywell’s 3-D Volumetric Weather Radar is the first and only weather radar system certified to the FAA’s Enhanced Turbulence Detection Minimum Operation Performance Standard (MOPS). Pilots are better informed of air turbulence and can make more informed route decisions – thereby increasing passenger safety and decreasing turbulence-related costs due to injuries and aircraft inspections. The 3-D scanning provide a complete view of weather across a 320 nautical-mile range, enabling pilots to maneuvering and re-route sooner due to weather.
EGPWS, invented by Honeywell, provides a terrain display and alerts the flight crew if the aircraft approaches too close to terrain. Honeywell’s patented ACAS (aka TCAS - Traffic Collision Avoidance System) with integrated ATC/Mode S/ ADS-B capable transponder provides a display of surrounding aircraft and alerts the flight crew if another aircraft comes too close for safety.
Honeywell’s AESS reduces system weight by over 20% and saves over 50% in aircraft space by combining systems typically in eight boxes into two boxes. It is certified and operating on all delivered Airbus A380 aircraft.
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