Honeywell New EASy II Avionics Suite Receives FAA Certification

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has received FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval for its Primus Epic-based EASy II software package for the Dassault Falcon 900 EASy series business jet. Honeywell's Primus Epic avionics architecture pioneered the integrated cockpit concept in business aviation. The enhancements provided in the Dassault EASy II package continue to further safety and operational capability -- Honeywell SmartView synthetic vision improves situational awareness, and the Required Navigation Performance - Approval Required (RNP-AR) system allows for more efficient routing. "The progress made by the EASy II avionics suite -- up to and including today's announcement of FAA certification -- has been remarkable," said Rob Wilson, president of Honeywell Business & General Aviation. "A wide range of upgrades, improving both efficiency and safety performance, will ensure EASy II's place at the forefront of business avionics for years to come." EASy II is the second application of the SmartView family and builds on Honeywell's commitment to bring new and innovative functionality to the world's most advanced cockpits. For example, the Dassault SmartView synthetic vision software is seamlessly integrated into the EASy cockpit based on Honeywell's Primus Epic architecture. SmartView relies on Honeywell's Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS), a terrain database that has an unprecedented record of proven operation with nearly 800 million hours on commercial air transport, business jets and helicopters operating around the world. The Satellite Based Augmentation System - Localizer Performance with Vertical guidance (SBAS-LPV) is also available with EASy II. SBAS-LPV provides vertical guidance during LPV approaches, increasing navigation accuracy and availability. In addition, EASy II is compatible with the European SBAS - the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), a recently implemented system that allows more flights to carry out precision approaches at European airports safely and efficiently. EGNOS is similar to the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) available in the US. Also included with EASy II is Honeywell's SmartRunway and Automatic Descent Mode features. SmartRunway is designed to help reduce the risk of a runway excursion by providing timely alerts to crew members when the aircraft is approaching the runway too high, too fast or is not configured properly. Automatic Descent Mode is a safety feature that activates automatically in the event of cabin depressurization at high altitude. In case of crew incapacitation, the autopilot immediately guides the aircraft to a safer altitude at maximum velocity. Other new Dassault EASy II flight deck configuration features include: -- FMS improvements that enable higher mission completion and an optimized flight path for reduced fuel consumption -- ADS-B Out Transponder -- XM Graphical Weather -- Take Off, Go Around improvements -- Dual Jeppessen charts Dassault is working to certify EASy II on the Falcon 900 EASy series with an upgrade scheduled for release later this year. The release will enable installation of EASy II features on new production Falcon 900LX aircraft and allow for upgrades on existing Falcon 900 EASy series aircraft.

Source: Honeywell International, Inc. (NYSE: HON)
Date: May 18, 2011