The future is here at Honeywell Aerospace ABACE 2015 display (Booth H529) as the company showcases a pair of visual technology innovations demonstrating its avionics and cabin connectivity solutions. Its Occulus Rift system, debuted at the MEBA show in Dubai last fall, is a 3-D headset that enables the wearer to see the company’s products in operation.
Don the headset and headphones and you’re onboard a business jet with the world passing by below. From the left seat in the cockpit, you can learn about Honeywell’s FMS, Satcom, synthetic vision and other avionics systems simply by focusing on them. Choose the cabin view, and experience the company’s Ovation Select cabin management system (CMS), K-Band connectivity and additional communication and entertainment offerings.
Occulus Rift was created as a sales tool, providing customers with a virtual introduction to the company’s products, said Julie Curtis, Honeywell’s events and tradeshow manager. Honeywell worked with the developer of the visualization system to adapt the technology for Honeywell’s needs.
Also showcased at the Honeywell display is a Google Glass prototype solution the company developed that can raise and lower window shades, adjust temperature and lights, and control all other functions on its Ovation Select CMS via voice or by touching the frame of the glasses. William Rowell, senior manager, technical sales, cabin systems at Honeywell Business & General Aviation, noted Google has withdrawn Google Glass from the market, and Honeywell is now developing a similar control for the Apple Watch, which the company believes is a better interface device than are glasses.
In other news, Honeywell Aerospace also announced signing an agreement here at ABACE with aviation services provider Hawker Pacific to provide DU-875 Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) upgrades for the Primus Elite Flight Deck aboard Embraer Legacy 600s. The installations, to being in the second quarter of this year, will be performed at Hawker Pacific’s Singapore facility, making it the first maintenance, repair and overhaul provider in Asia Pacific to perform the upgrade.