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Honeywell and Air India to establish new levels of landing and runway safety

Honeywell’s SmartRunway/SmartLanding upgrade improves situationalawareness; delivers safer landing and taxiing operations HYDERABAD, India, March 13, 2014 – Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) hassigned a Memorandum of Understanding with Air India enabling the airline to explore howHoneywell’s SmartRunway/SmartLanding software upgrade can help it increase safety, improvepilot situational awareness and lower cockpit workload across its Boeing 777 fleet. TheSmartRunway/SmartLanding upgrade helps mitigate runway accidents that cost the worldwideaviation industry U.S. $1 billion annually for injuries, damage, repairs and inspections.* "At Air India we are constantly looking for innovative ways to bring our passengers newlevels of safety and comfort when they fly with us," said A. K Mathew, executive director ofengineering, Air India. "As we expand our network, our pilots are required to fly into an evergrowingnumber of airports, many of which are continually changing in terms of layout.SmartRunway/SmartLanding could make it easier for our pilots to navigate these airportsregardless of visibility, and extend passenger safety even further in the process."Honeywell’s SmartRunway/SmartLanding system uses GPS location information andairport and object data stored in Honeywell’s Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System(EGPWS) database to determine if the aircraft is configured properly for landing, taxiing andtakeoff. This can dramatically reduce runway incursions, where collisions occur on the runway,or runway excursions, where aircraft accidentally leave the runway or enter a runway they arenot approved for.Under the terms of the agreement, Air India will trial SmartRunway/SmartLanding forsix months and share operational data with Honeywell to enable the two companies to examinethe potential safety gains the airline would see if it deployed the software across its entireEGPWS-equipped B777 fleet. The software upgrade reduces crew workload as pilots spend lesstime orienting themselves, even in low visibility or at night. This is especially crucial as airlinesgrow their networks, train new pilots, ramp up traffic, and begin flying to new or rapidlydeveloping airports.Nearly 2,500 aircraft in service today already use Honeywell SmartRunway andSmartLanding systems (including those using Honeywell’s Runway Awareness and AdvisorySystem (RAAS) on which SmartRunway is based) to help reduce the risk of runway and landingincidents by monitoring for more than 20 potential hazards. SmartLanding, which is primarilyconcerned with mitigating runway excursions, monitors for potentially unstable approaches,including if the aircraft is flying too high, too fast or has incorrect flap settings, and helps preventlong landings and accidental taxiway landings. SmartRunway mitigates runway incursions. Itinforms pilots which runway they are entering, confirms runway length, monitors for insufficientlength remaining and can also perform flap checks to ensure proper aircraft configuration prior totakeoff. Both support "heads-up" and "quiet cockpit" through aural and visual warnings."Air India is looking for new ways to maximize the safety of its passengers by takingadvantage of the safety systems its fleet already has in place," said Pritam Bhavnani, president,Honeywell Aerospace India. "Because SmartRunway/SmartLanding is a software upgrade,airlines can cost-effectively add new functionality to their EGPWS with no additional weight andminimal aircraft downtime, and in doing so make operations safer -- even at new, unfamiliarairports and in low visibility."Both SmartRunway and SmartLanding are available for commercial and businessaviation platforms currently equipped with Honeywell’s EGPWS. Honeywell will be showcasinga range of its technologies at India Aviation 2014 in Hyderabad, March 12–15, at stand 19 inHall A.Editor’s note*figure based on Honeywell estimates Supporting ResourcesRead more about safety at Honeywell Aerospace and on our Follow the Aero blogVisit Honeywell Aerospace on FacebookFollow @ Honeywell_Aero on TwitterSubscribe to Honeywell’s Corporate RSS feedFind out more about Air IndiaFollow @Fly_Air_India on Twitter About Honeywell IndiaHoneywell is a Fortune 100 company ( that develops and manufacturestechnologies to address some of the world’s toughest challenges linked to global macrotrendssuch as energy efficiency, clean energy generation, safety and security, globalization andcustomer productivity. Each of the company’s four businesses — Aerospace, Automation andControl Solutions, Performance Materials and Technologies, and Transportation Systems — hasa significant presence in India. Honeywell’s India commitment is evident in five state-of-the-artmanufacturing and engineering operations for its automation, turbocharger, and refiningbusinesses, and five global centres of excellence for technology development and innovation.Honeywell employs more than 13,000 people across 50 locations including Delhi, Pune,Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Gurgaon and Madurai. For more news and information onHoneywell, please visit About Honeywell AerospaceThousands of Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually everycommercial, defense and space aircraft worldwide. The Aerospace business unit develops andintegrates technologies that span air traffic modernization, flight and runway safety, engines,cockpit and cabin electronics, connectivity, logistics and more that deliver safe, efficient,productive and comfortable transportation-related experiences. For more information, visit or follow us at @honeywell_aero on Twitter.