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2012-01-01

V.P. Honeywell: We meet customers’ mission-readiness

Nation Shield got an exclusive opportunity recently to interview  Juan Picon, VP Honeywell Defence & Space International. The excerpt from the interview: 

By: Sakha Pramod
 
UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, recently announced that Green Jet Fuel, produced jointly with PetroChina, has powered China’s first biofuel demonstration flight. Do you see great potential for this environmentally friendly product worldwide?
We see huge potential for biofuels across both the commercial and defence sectors as Honeywell’s Green Jet Fuel offers operators significant benefits:
 
• Green Jet Fuel is a drop-in replacement fuel at a 50 per cent blend, so it requires no changes to fleet technology or fuel infrastructure.
• It is made from second generation feedstocks that do not interfere with food, land or water resources. 
• The fuel has shown higher energy density in flight, which will allow aircraft to fly further on less fuel.
• It can also offer a 65 to 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions relative to petroleum-based fuels.
Currently, fuel produced from Honeywell’s biofuel technology has been used on almost every commercial biofuel demonstration flight to date. In June this year, Honeywell successfully powered the first transatlantic biofuel flight using its Green Jet Fuel. 
 
In the defence arena, Honeywell’s Green Jet Fuel powered the first ever helicopter flight using sustainable aviation biofuels in June 2010 at Gilze-Rijen Airbase, the home of the Royal Netherlands’ combat helicopter fleet. Natural oils from algae and used cooking oil were converted into Green Jet Fuel using process technology developed by Honeywell’s UOP. The aviation biofuel was blended in a 50 percent mixture with traditional jet fuel, and this blend was used to power one of the Royal Netherlands’ Apache helicopter’s engines for a series of test maneuvers. No modifications were made to the engine or airframe for the flight. 
 
Biofuel made from Honeywell’s technology has also powered every Navy biofuel test flight to date. Furthermore, it has now been certified for use on two Air Force platforms (F-16 and C-17).  
 
What are the highlights of your participation at the 2011 Dubai Airshow?
Honeywell announced two significant defence distribution agreements with UAE Aerospace services supplier, Global Aerospace Logistics, and Middle East and African commercial/military aviation supplier, Transworld Aviation.
These agreements represent a strategic step for Honeywell that allows us to be more responsive to our end customers’ needs within the region. Additionally, it reinforces our strong commitment to supporting the growth and maintenance needs of our valued Middle Eastern military customers. 
 
How important has the Middle East market been to you? 
The Middle East has been, and continues to be, an important market for Honeywell. We have recently witnessed faster than expected growth in the region as the market continues to develop. To support the Middle East throughout this period of growth, we remain committed to investing in aerospace innovation as well as enhancing our team’s strong capabilities to continue delivering cutting-edge products and services to customers across the region.
 
In the Middle East, we have a number of defence customers including defence departments and commercial helicopter operators. We also have partnerships with distributors for defence products and services including Transworld Aviation, Global Aerospace Logistics and Abu Dhabi Aviationw.
 
How does Honeywell’s SmartRunway address the runway incursion concerns?
Honeywell’s SmartRunway is the next-generation upgrade to the Honeywell Runway Awareness and Advisory System (RAAS) - a product that improves situational awareness by providing timely aural advisories and graphical alerts to the flight crew. This technology significantly decreases the risk of runway incursions by advising crews of their position during taxi, takeoff, final approach, landing and rollout.
 

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