Honeywell Launches Fuel-Saving Platform

Through the use of a new app, pilots can access the platform to reduce their fuel consumption and carbon emissions, the company said.

The new Honeywell app aims to help pilots reduce their fuel consumption. [Courtesy: Adobe]

Better for the planet, better for people, better for profit—that's how Honeywell described the impact of its newly enhanced and redesigned Honeywell Flight Efficiency platform. 

According to Honeywell (NASDAQ: HON), the platform is "designed to help aircraft operators make better decisions around their fuel utilization." Pilots may also access the platform through a new customizable "Pilot Connect" app, the company said.

The cloud-based offering, previously known as Honeywell Forge Flight Efficiency, gathers a variety of data from aircraft operation and analyzes and simplifies it so that pilots and aircraft operators can get a clearer view of their operating costs, giving them the information they need to make changes to cut both expenses and carbon emissions.

Honeywell noted the new and improved Flight Efficiency includes in-air and on-ground solutions for flight operations, fuel manager, and maintenance personnel in a single user interface.

“This platform is aligned with the practical and immediate needs of our customers," said Karen Miller, general manager for services and connectivity at Honeywell Aerospace. "The aviation industry is facing unprecedented increases in fuel and other operational costs. It is imperative for everyone in the ecosystem to work together to reduce operating costs while also creating a more sustainable future for aviation."

Key features of the platform are: 

  • Emission visibility: This helps the user reduce fuel consumption resulting in fewer emissions and lower operating costs, as well as potentially minimizing the additional cost of offsetting carbon emissions.
  • Advanced trajectory analytics: Machine learning algorithms can automatically detect flight events and procedures such as automated shortcut detection, holding detection, acceleration altitude reduction and continuous descent operations, among others.
  • Deep data analysis: Airlines can use the platform to analyze multiple disparate sources of data simultaneously to measure performance and derive insights. This can be configured to use either pre-defined analytics and reports or the customer can define their own custom queries.

Flight Efficiency includes in-air and on-ground solutions. By providing alerts and identifying savings opportunities, the solution can help airlines maximize profits while improving workflows among pilots, ground maintenance, and operations to increase productivity, according to Honeywell.

Meg Godlewski has been an aviation journalist for more than 24 years and a CFI for more than 20 years. If she is not flying or teaching aviation, she is writing about it. Meg is a founding member of the Pilot Proficiency Center at EAA AirVenture and excels at the application of simulation technology to flatten the learning curve. Follow Meg on Twitter @2Lewski.

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