Honeywell to keep helicopters connected, mission-ready for operators

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has received Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) — issued by a governmental agency for approval to modify an aircraft from its original design — for its connectivity and condition-based maintenance products for a variety of helicopters, the company said.

The new certification enables Honeywell´s Aspire 200 satellite communications system and Honeywell Health and Usage Monitoring Systems to be used globally. These offerings will help helicopter operators around the world throughout a variety of missions, including search and rescue, oil and gas, air ambulance, and law enforcement.

The Aspire 200 system for helicopters brings broadband speeds to the cabin while reducing the impact of rotor wash on the satellite signal, which is a first for the industry.

Honeywell´s Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) and Vibration Expert (VXP) have been issued certifications for multiple helicopters by the FAA, EASA and the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) of Brazil, which will allow maintainers to have onboard, sensor-based monitoring systems to measure the health and performance of helicopter components. Honeywell´s VXP solutions continuously monitor aircraft vibration data to determine component issues before they fail and have one of the most proven track records among the maintenance vibration products available.

Honeywell is a Fortune 100 software-industrial company that delivers industry specific solutions that include aerospace and automotive products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; and performance materials globally.