Honeywell Introduces Sentinel Single Avionics Package

Sentinel provides pilots with XM weather and terrain data available in the U.S. for the first time.


ANAHEIM, CA – Honeywell announces that its Sentinel helicopter avionics system, used widely by U.K. and European helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) operators, is now available to pilots in the United States. The system offers critical flight safety information, including high resolution terrain and weather data.

"Honeywell now offers helicopter operators, including HEMS pilots, Sentinel – a single avionics package that provides a multi-function display and navigation system with high resolution mapping, traffic and XM weather, and vertical down track profiling," says Chad Cundiff, Vice President, Crew Interface and Program Management, Honeywell. "Sentinel enhances situational awareness and flight safety."

The suite includes a radar altimeter, above ground level readout, a night vision goggle option and obstacles database.

It provides HEMS operators with a single avionics package to meet FAA guidance. Recent FAA guidance for HEMS operators in the U.S. requires weather, terrain, obstacle and altitude above ground obstacles awareness to be improved, and night vision goggles to be used for night operations.

"This highly reliable system offers ease of readability of charts, flexibility with data entry via a USB port, the ability to insert flashcards for different map packages, and a very easy, intuitive operation," says Paul Whitefield, Chief Pilot at LuviAir. "It is a great system for HEMS operators and the medium and large helicopter segment."

Sentinel entered service with European HEMS and executive operators in 2008 and provides spatial awareness and navigational assistance for urgent mission pilots.

"With the introduction of XM Weather and Vertical Profile, in addition to U.S. sectionals, terminals and helicopter route charts, Sentinel meets the needs of operators in the U.S. conducting medical rescue operations," says Cundiff.

The system offers up to 24GB of on-board data storage, allowing Sentinel to provide navigational mapping to high resolution over an entire country. Sentinel is available in several configurations and can operate as a stand-alone, panel mounted MFD/Navigator, remote processor, or as an integrated element of the Honeywell Observer MKIII Mission System.

Other user installable upgrades to the Sentinel system are planned for 2009 including Plates and user configurable databases.

Honeywell offers a full range of helicopter equipment, from aircraft engines, auxiliary power units and other mechanical systems to Health Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) and avionics. Honeywell’s helicopter TAWS systems are the Mark XXI and Mark XXII EGPWS (Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System) systems. Additionally, Honeywell produces the Integrated Primary Flight Display synthetic vision system.

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