• Honeywell's new Anthem avionics. (Honeywell)
    Honeywell's new Anthem avionics. (Honeywell)

Honeywell Aerospace has released a new suite of avionics that it says is the first system to provide permanent cloud connectivity.

Honeywell Anthem was released last month and has been designed for most platforms including business and general aviation aircraft.

"Honeywell is not just launching a new flight deck ... we are changing the way pilots operate aircraft and creating a more intuitive experience than ever,” said Mike Madsen, president and CEO, Honeywell Aerospace.

“In the same way we moved from flip phones to smartphones, Honeywell Anthem will transform the pilot experience with customisable controls operated quickly and easily with a few swipes of the finger.”

According to Honeywell, the Anthem suite is designed to create ways for complex aircraft to function with more autonomy, relieving stress on pilots and promoting safety and efficiency; and it enables the disjointed systems that support an aircraft to work together more seamlessly to deliver critical information to pilots.

Honeywell says the Anthem system supports aircraft autonomy, leading to complete autonomous capabilities in the future.

The system generates and transfers data from ground-based servers so those involved in a flight’s operations have the information they always need. The aircraft doesn’t need to be powered on for pilots and maintainers to see the information they might need prior to launching a flight.

“Everyone who touches a flight is able to get information that matters to them when they need it,” said Vipul Gupta, vice president and general manager, Avionics, Honeywell Aerospace.

“The aircraft becomes accessible via the cloud computing infrastructure, and things like maintenance data, flight plans and overall aircraft status are stored automatically by the avionics or via ground-based applications used by support personnel.

"This means data is accessible by any authorized user from anywhere.”

More information is on the Honeywell Aerospace website.

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