Cockpit Touchscreens Help Gulfstream's Newest Aircraft Take Flight
November 21, 2014
Honeywell’s touch screen innovation creates a more intuitive cockpit while enhanced mechanical systems provide a more comfortable experience for passengers.
Proven technologies and the latest innovations from Honeywell are at the core of Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation’s recently unveiled G500 and G600 aircraft. The two new models optimize speed, wide-cabin comfort and efficiency to offer customers best-in-class performance and advanced safety features.
Honeywell Brings Modern Touch to the Cockpit
The aircraft will be the first to feature Honeywell’s new touchscreen technology in Gulfstream’s new SymmetryTM flight deck. Aimed at making displays more intuitive, integrated and significantly more user-friendly for pilots, Honeywell’s touch capabilities will naturally ease workload and improve communications in the cockpit. The integrated touchscreens will be used for system controls, flight management, communications, checklists, and monitoring weather and flight information.
“Pilots use touchscreens in their daily consumer devices and because of this are much more accustomed to interfacing with machines through interactive screens,” said Jeff Merdich, director of Product Marketing for Cockpit Systems at Honeywell Aerospace. “Our engineers are responding to this change by bringing consumer device interaction to the cockpit and matching the modality to the mission.
Honeywell Advanced Avionics and Mechanical Products
Other innovations from Honeywell included on Gulfstream G500 and G600 aircraft include:
- Honeywell’s SmartView synthetic vision system. Significantly improves the flight crew’s situational awareness by providing a large, 3-D color synthetic image of the outside world to enhance safety and efficiency.
- Touchscreen controllers. Using an 8-inch diagonal LCD, the touchscreen controllers are fully integrated with cockpit and aircraft systems, providing advanced functionality from flight planning and audio control to checklist and aircraft systems control, as well as the capability to expand.
- 2-D and 3-D airport moving maps. The 2-D moving map shows runways, taxiways, airport structures and signs at many airports on the cockpit navigation displays, while the 3-D moving map integrates the Synthetic Vision System for an “out the window” view of the airport on the Primary Flight Display.
- Cockpit display of traffic information. This presents the position of nearby aircraft equipped with ADS-B transponders on the flight deck multifunction display, giving the flight crew better awareness and understanding of airborne and surface traffic.
- Environmental control system and cabin pressure control system. Integrated systems that provide a more comfortable, quieter experience for passengers by minimizing changes in the cabin environment and reducing workload for the crew.
- HGT400[G] auxiliary power unit (APU). This integrated system supplies pneumatic and electric power for the aircraft while on the ground or in flight. Honeywell’s newest large-cabin business aviation APU is derived from a successful lineage of the proven RE220 APU. The system is approximately 30 pounds lighter than the average APU in its class with industry-leading technological advancements to maximize performance and reliability. The HGT400[G] is also equipped with Honeywell’s latest electronic controller technology, allowing for smooth communication with the integrated flight deck.
- Flight deck connectivity. Wireless data loading enables pilots and maintenance personnel to wirelessly transfer data files, such as terrain and navigation database updates, through a mobile app.
You can learn more about Honeywell’s technology at Gulfstream Introduces New Aircraft Family of Private Jets (Forbes) or by visiting http://aerospace.honeywell.com/.