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Honeywell's new web flight planning service for business aircraft operators

Honeywell Specialty Materials : 24 April, 2006  (New Product)
Honeywell announced today that it is offering a new Web Flight Planning service that enables business aircraft operators to create and file flight plans using any personal computer connected to the internet, with no special software required. 'This new system is incredibly intuitive. It leads you step by step through the process,' said Scott Hamilton, Director, Honeywell Flight Support Services.
'To reduce workload while permitting personalization, we configured the system so pilots can directly enter information that is unique to their particular aircraft and preferences. Then, they simply select their aircraft from a list of more than 240 aircraft models,' Hamilton said. 'From then on, the system automatically bases flight plans on operator preferences and performance data provided by the aircraft's manufacturer.'

Pilots can choose to have the system automatically create a flight plan optimized for best fuel efficiency or the shortest flight, based on the most current wind information. Other options include using historical winds, user-defined step climbs and random routing. Also, the system has a wide variety of international routes to choose from.

While using the system, a pilot can obtain up-to-date weather reports for the departure, destination or alternate airports with the click of a mouse button, without changing pages.

For oceanic contingency planning, Web Flight Planning uses the most current wind information to automatically calculate Equal Time Points between diversionary airports, simplifying the choice of a landing site in the event of a loss of cabin pressurization or an engine-out emergency. The system also calculates optimum performance recommendations for such events, based on aircraft manufacturers' performance data.

Web Flight Planning service is included in many Honeywell Global Data Center service plans. 'Business aircraft will operate more efficiently using our enhanced, wind-optimized routing, and pilots will enjoy the new, easy-to-use web format,' said Hamilton.

The new system became available this month. While Honeywell's legacy flight planning system will remain available for a period of time, the new system eventually will replace it.
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