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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:HON) announced that its Primus Epic(R) integrated avionics system has received its first Federal Aviation Administration 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, 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 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 (APU), environmental control system, cabin pressurization control system with new thrust recovery outflow valve (TROV) and lighting.

The APU is a turbine engine that provides pressurized 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, London, Chicago and Pacific Stock Exchanges. It is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. For additional information, please visit

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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Date:Aug 14, 2003
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