Honeywell updates its Forge Analytics programme for business aviation
Honeywell’s updated Forge Analytics platform helps to improve the piloting experience and cuts connectivity costs, according to the company.
The update for business aviation flight departments includes a new integration with Professional Flight Management’s scheduling software and a new cabin connectivity analytics dashboard. Also, the beta version of a propulsion data reporting system will now integrate aircraft health data with Maintenance and Service Plan (MSP) monthly reporting.
A new cabin connectivity dashboard provides analytics that monitor how much data is being used, tracks outages and helps customers more closely monitor their costs. The data integration with Honeywell’s MSP collects health data from the aircraft and automatically compiles it for each monthly report.
‘Better manage their costs’
John Peterson, Vice President and general manager, Software and Services at Honeywell Connected Enterprise, Aerospace, said Honeywell Forge was launched to support business aviation in March. “We have been focused on continuously innovating the platform and expanding the integration with key partners so our customers can get a clear picture of how their aircraft is using data, and how they can better manage their costs,” said Peterson.
“We are continuing to invest in best-in-class features and functionalities as we expand our platform into a solution that addresses all our customers’ needs with a seamless, simple experience,” he added.
Vital airport information
Honeywell has also launched expanded access to the digital Automatic Terminal Information Service (ATIS). This is a continuous broadcast of recorded relevant information accessible to pilots near airports or other high-traffic areas. Before the new service, some pilots could not access digital ATIS due to incompatible datalink avionics in their aircraft. But now Honeywell Forge delivers access to this vital airport information worldwide.
Previously, pilots have had to tune to a low-power radio broadcast and listen to a voice recording, which presents challenges like congested radio frequency, limited range and higher crew workload when approaching an airport. Now, using datalink, this information can be read from the cockpit and requested at the crew’s convenience. This ATIS upgrade does not need any upgrade to the aircraft or additional training for the crew.