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Honeywell enhances Apex integrated avionics for Grob Spn

Honeywell Specialty Materials : 02 May, 2006  (New Product)
Honeywell announced today that it has upgraded its APEX Integrated Avionics suite for the GROB SPn cockpit, offering pilots the most user-friendly, intuitive displays available in business aviation.
By enhancing the APEX system, which has been the GROB SPn avionics suite since program launch, Honeywell is enabling pilots to greatly reduce workload in flight, improve situational awareness and provide a more complete platform for future avionics upgrades and options.

The enhanced APEX provides far greater integration of aircraft and avionics systems. Avionics systems featured on the GROB SPn, such as TCAS II, weather radar and other functions are fully integrated into the user-friendly APEX controls. In addition, the enhanced APEX has greater software processing power to allow for future optional equipment, such as auto-throttle, and emergency decent mode, among others.

“Honeywell’s enhanced APEX provides pilots with a new-generation avionics platform developed to integrate with the latest technology related to safety, sensor and flight control information, and high-resolution, flat-panel glass displays,” said John Todd, Vice President of General Aviation and Helicopters at Honeywell. “The architecture builds on certified technologies that allow growth for advanced functionality and address a wider variety of aircraft certification requirements.”

Avionics features that can be fully integrated into the APEX cockpit more easily include:

• An optional integrated Electronic Flight Bag providing charts and maps enabling pilots to locate chart data quickly and easily

• A paperless option which greatly reduces the amount of paper an aircraft carries

• Dual Flight Management Systems providing the redundancy required for certain European operations

• Integrated Class A Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System

• Optional Enhanced Vision System Display offering a display window for InfraRed or other sensor/camera data

APEX includes Honeywell’s Digital Engine Operating System which was developed for Primus Epic, unlike other products that use an operating system designed for personal computers. This means features and functions developed for Epic can be easily ported to the enhanced APEX system, providing an upgrade roadmap for many systems like FMS, communications and displays to enable pilots to take advantage of next-generation technology that, prior to this system, was developed strictly for larger platforms.

The system, designed for turbine-class aircraft that can be flown by single or dual pilot, integrates weather, traffic and terrain sensors. The APEX Integrated Avionics system is upgradeable and fully compliant with current worldwide mandates such as Reduced Vertical Separation Minima and the European Mode S mandates. The APEX architecture enables it to easily accommodate known future mandates.

To further enhance safety, the system also incorporates an air-data attitude-heading reference system. It includes multiple Honeywell Micro-Electromechanical Sensors in place of spinning mass gyros and accelerometers. Because of the ADAHRS’ accuracy, it does not require updating from a global positioning system like other systems. With no moving parts, the system’s life expectancy exceeds 8,000 hours, more than the average life of a light aircraft and about 8 times greater than that of a mechanical gyro.
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