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Honeywell's Primus Epic Integrated Avionics System Receives FAA Type Certification on Gulfstream G550 Business Jet.

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Honeywell (NYSE NYSE

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:HON) announced that its Primus Epic(R) integrated avionics system has received its first Federal Aviation Administration Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), component of the U.S. Department of Transportation that sets standards for the air-worthiness of all civilian aircraft, inspects and licenses them, and regulates civilian and military air traffic through its air traffic control  approval under a Type Certificate issued today for Gulfstream's G550 ultra-long-range business jet.

"Certification of the G550's integrated cockpit is the culmination of one of the largest design efforts ever undertaken in the field of avionics, and it marks the beginning of a new period in which pilots will use electronic displays and cursor control devices in place of traditional dials, knobs and switches," said John Todd John Todd is the name of:
  • John Todd (Virginia) (1750-1782), early Virginia official, Kentucky soldier, and grand-uncle of Mary Todd Lincoln
  • John Blair Smith Todd (1814-1872), delegate to US Congress from Dakota Territory
, Director of Gulfstream Programs, Honeywell Business, Regional and General Aviation Avionics.

Gulfstream's PlaneView(TM) cockpit for the G550, based on Honeywell's Primus Epic integrated avionics system, drives four 10-by-13-inch liquid crystal displays in a point-and-click, windows-type environment.

"Primus Epic's architecture offers far more integration, more functions and a more intuitive human/machine interface than any previous system, resulting in greatly improved situational awareness Situation awareness or situational awareness [1] (SA) is the mental representation and understanding of objects, events, people, system states, interactions, environmental conditions, and other situation-specific factors affecting human performance in  and safety," said Todd.

The large landscape flat panels can present moveable navigation maps, weather, terrain, traffic, and real-time video along with the required horizon displays and aircraft operational information.

"The certification of the PlaneView cockpit and Primus Epic clearly places Gulfstream and Honeywell in the position of leading the industry in avionics and cockpit design," said Mike Mena, G550 Program Director, Gulfstream. Gulfstream is a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.

The first G550 customer, a large international corporation, will take delivery of its G550 in September.

Other Honeywell products on the G550 include the RE220 auxiliary power unit An auxiliary power unit (APU) is a device on a vehicle whose purpose is to provide energy for functions other than propulsion. Different types of APU are found on aircraft, as well as some large ground vehicles.  (APU APU Azusa Pacific University
APU Auxiliary Power Unit
APU Alaska Pacific University
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APU American Public University
APU Anglia Polytechnic University (Chelmsford) 
), environmental control system, cabin pressurization control system with new thrust recovery outflow valve (TROV TROV Telepresence Remotely Operated Vehicle (robotic vehicle for space or underwater exploration)
TROV Thrust Recovery Outflow Valve (aircraft) 
) and lighting.

The APU is a turbine engine that provides pressurized pres·sur·ize  
tr.v. pres·sur·ized, pres·sur·iz·ing, pres·sur·iz·es
1. To maintain normal air pressure in (an enclosure, as an aircraft or submarine).

 air and electrical power for starting the main engines and running aircraft accessories.

The TROV recovers wasted energy by re-using air released from the cabin outflow valve, which controls cabin pressurization. By directing this air into the free air stream, the system boosts takeoff performance, speed, fuel efficiency and range.

Honeywell International is a $22 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; specialty chemicals; fibers; and electronic and advanced materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York New York, state, United States
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Based in Phoenix, Honeywell's aerospace business is a leading global provider of integrated avionics, engines, systems and service solutions for aircraft manufacturers, airlines, business and general aviation, military, space and airport operations.

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