Cloud-connected aircraft cockpit system transforms flight

October 06, 2021 // By Rich Pell
Cloud-connected aircraft cockpit system transforms flight
Aircraft engine and avionics manufacturer Honeywell Aerospace has unveiled an all-new aircraft cockpit system, claimed as the first in the industry built with an always-on, cloud-connected experience that improves flight efficiency, operations, safety and comfort.

The Honeywell Anthem flight deck, says the company, offers unprecedented levels of connectivity, an exciting and intuitive interface modeled after everyday smart devices, and a highly scalable and customizable design. The flight deck is powered by a flexible software platform that can be customized for virtually every type of aircraft and flying vehicle, including large passenger and cargo planes, business jets, helicopters, general aviation aircraft, and the rapidly emerging class of advanced air-mobility (AAM) vehicles.

"Honeywell is not just launching a new flight deck today," says Mike Madsen, president and CEO, Honeywell Aerospace. "We are changing the way pilots operate aircraft and creating a more intuitive experience than ever. In the same way we moved from flip phones to smartphones, Honeywell Anthem will transform the pilot experience with customizable controls operated quickly and easily with a few swipes of the finger."

Cloud connectivity
Honeywell Anthem is designed to solve two problems facing the aviation industry: First, it creates ways for increasingly complex aircraft to function with more autonomy, relieving stress on pilots and promoting safety and efficiency; Second, it enables the disjointed systems that support an aircraft to work together more seamlessly to deliver critical information to pilots.

Honeywell Anthem supports growing levels of aircraft autonomy, leading to complete autonomous capabilities in the future as regulations allow. Enabling increasing levels of autonomy - whether it's automating manual tasks for single-pilot operation or automating more complex processes to reduce workload across all pilots, maintainers, and other service providers in a large fleet - depends heavily on improving connectivity across aircraft systems, says the company.

Historically, mechanics and pilots had to be on board aircraft with wired connections to transfer critical data like maintenance status and flight plans. Honeywell Anthem allows for this data transfer without anyone needing to be physically near the aircraft.

In addition, individual support systems (fuel, maintenance, catering, etc.) have also been disjointed, forcing pilots to interface with

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