PARIS AIR SHOW— Honeywell announces that it will provide avionics and its Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) for Aviation Capital Group's (ACG) fleet of 68 new Airbus A320 aircraft in a deal valued at more than $40 million.
"Airlines and lessors like ACG are selecting the Honeywell's 131-9A APU over alternatives because of the five percent fuel savings, lower carbon dioxide emissions, the increased power, class-leading reliability, and the low maintenance costs," says Mike Madsen, Vice President, Airlines, Honeywell Aerospace. "The requirement for on-aircraft maintenance is reduced by 24 percent, and line maintenance is reduced by 45 percent over alternatives, saving operators significantly on cost of operations."
Honeywell's 131-9A APU is a small gas-powered turbine engine that provides bleed air for main engine starting and electrical power for cockpit and galley systems. The APU has been in service since 1998 and is in use on more than 1,400 aircraft by 100 customers.
The avionics suite of products for ACG comprises:
- Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS)
- Air Data Inertial Reference System (ADIRS)
- Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs)
- Solid State Flight Data Recorder (SSFDR) and Solid State Cockpit Voice Recorder (SSCVR), and the
- Flight Management System (FMS)
EGPWS, invented by Honeywell, provides a terrain display and alerts the flight crew if the aircraft approaches too close to terrain. The ADIRS provides critical positioning information at reduced weight and power consumption. The ELT, SSFDR, and SSCVR provide information in the event of an emergency, and the FMS helps reduce pilot workload by computing the most efficient flight path.