Fly Super-fast with Supersonic
June 29, 2017
We and NASA just completed two years of testing on an advanced solution that shows pilots flying supersonic jets where people on the ground may hear sonic booms, which are the loud noises created when aircraft fly faster than the speed of sound.
The testing program successfully integrated predictive software and display technology into business jet cockpits so pilots could see where, and how, sonic booms would affect people on the ground.
Our predictive software and displays for supersonic jets are in ongoing development and testing with NASA and the conceptual designs used under NASA's Commercial Supersonic Technology Project are tied to Honeywell's Interactive Navigation (INAV) technology, aerospace industry's first system providing the simultaneous display of traffic, terrain, airspace, airways, airports and navigation aids. (More here.)
“With predictive technology and knowledge, pilots can change course and minimize the boom over populated areas,” said Bob Witwer, vice president, Advanced Technology, Honeywell Aerospace. “Honeywell and NASA have developed this unique predictive display for civil aviation that has been tested in commercial airspace, bringing the vision of the return of commercial supersonic flight closer to reality.”
Flying at supersonic speeds would enable pilots to cut business jet travel times roughly in half.
“We are pleased to complete this important milestone of the pilot interface testing in civilian airspace with Honeywell,” said Brett Pauer, commercial supersonic technology subproject manager, Overland Supersonic Flight, NASA. “This technology could prove to be useful for NASA's future planned Low Boom Flight Demonstration experimental airplane. This plane is being designed to gather community noise response data that may help remove the regulatory speed restriction to overland commercial supersonic flight.”