Honeywell, Safran form joint venture, work to launch new green aircraft taxiing system

Posted by Courtney E. Howard

PARIS, 20 June 2011. Honeywell (NYSE:HON) and French aerospace company Safran (NYSE Euronext Paris:SAF) are forming a joint venture company to deliver a new electric green taxiing system for new and existing aircraft. Honeywell and Safran expect the new taxiing system to be installed on new aircraft, as well as retrofitted onto existing planes, beginning in 2016. It is designed to deliver airline operational efficiency to reduce carbon and other emissions during runway taxi operations.

Taxiing burns considerable fuel: Current industry analysis indicates the world's short-haul aircraft consume 5 million tons of fuel per year during taxi operations. The new electric green taxiing system will save up to 4% of the total fuel consumption, while providing green benefits that reduce emissions produced by taxiing at ground level.

The new offering will leverage the plane's Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) generator to power electrical motors in the aircraft's main wheels without using main engines during aircraft ground operations--cutting costs, emissions, and reliance on fossil fuels. Unique power electronics and system controllers enable the pilot to control the speed, brakes, and direction of the aircraft throughout ground transportation, says a representative.

The new partnership capitalizes on the companies' product strengths: Honeywell's auxiliary power systems and Safran's landing gear systems.

 

Easily post a comment below using your Linkedin, Twitter, Google or Facebook account.


The Innovation That Matters™ Quiz

Innovation is one of the key drivers in the Defense industry. View this short video of Leon Woo, VP of Engineering at Mercury Systems, on the role of innovation. Then, answer 3 simple questions correctly to be entered into a drawing to win an Eddie Bauer fleece jacket!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TWO MOST RECENT WINNERS. "Nick from SPARWAR" and "Bridget from AOC."


Military & Aerospace Photos

Related Products

F-SIM-LDR ARINC 615A Data Loader

AIT's F-SIM-LDR, or Flight Simulyzer Loader, is a complete ARINC-615A Data Loader development kit...

cPCI-1760-SW-4

AceXtreme® Bridge Device - Smart Protocol Converter

DDC’s AceXtreme Bridge Device converts avionics messages in real time between Ethernet, MIL-STD-1...

Related Companies

CES - Creative Electronic Systems SA

Has been designing and manufacturing complex high-performance avionics, defense and communication boards, subsystems ...

Boker's Inc

Boker's, Inc. can manufacture your flat washers, spacers and shims with an outside diameter from 0.080" to 12" and ma...

DLS Electronic Systems Inc

Provides EMC/EMI & Environmental testing to MIL-STD 461-A-F, MIL-STD 810 & RTCA DO-160-C-G, Boeing, Airbus FAA AC20-1...
Wire News provided by   

Most Popular Articles

Webcasts

Meeting the Gen3 backplane challenge with OpenVPX and COTS

Tight Pentagon budgets mean military systems must stay in the field for longer than ever before. This doesn't mean obsolete technology, however. Today's military electronics are being upgraded constantly, an...
Sponsored by:

Digital signal processing for signals intelligence and electronic warfare

Military & Aerospace Electronics presents an expert Webcast on the design considerations for blending general-purposes processors (GPUs), general-purpose graphics processors (GPGPUs), field-programmable ...
Sponsored by:

Advantages of Intel Architecture Products and Wind River Solutions in Military & Aerospace Applications

This webinar explains the individual advantages of the Intel Architecture hardware, available for long-life supply, and the WRS software portfolio.  There are extraordinary advantages of combining such ...
Sponsored by:

social activity

All Access Sponsors


Mil & Aero Magazine

February 2014
Volume 25, Issue 2
file

Download Our Apps



iPhone

iPad

Android

Follow Us On...



Newsletters

Military & Aerospace Electronics

Weekly newsletter covering technical content, breaking news and product information
SUBSCRIBE

Defense Executive

Monthly newsletter covering business news and strategic insights for executive managers
SUBSCRIBE

Embedded Computing Report

Monthly newsletter covering news on embedded computing in aerospace, defense and industrial-rugged applications
SUBSCRIBE

Unmanned Vehicles

Monthly newsletter covering news updates for designers of unmanned vehicles
SUBSCRIBE