Anthem Flight Deck First Flight
Honeywell Aerospace completed the first flight of its Honeywell Anthem integrated flight deck using a Pilatus PC-12 test aircraft. Although Honeywell Anthem has been in flight test for more than a year and has accumulated more than 120 hours of flight time, this flight was the first managed by the next-generation avionics system.
First announced in late 2021, Honeywell Anthem draws on the company’s deep aerospace experience and marks Honeywell’s first cloud-connected cockpit system that can be customized for virtually every type of aircraft, from passenger planes and business aircraft to defense, general aviation and advanced air-mobility (AAM) vehicles.
Anthem is the first clean-sheet next generation core avionics computing architecture introduced by Honeywell since its Primus Epic cockpit was first announced in 1996. Honeywell Anthem’s core architectural system offers a 50 percent reduction in size, weight and power and greater installation flexibility when compared to Primus Epic. Anthem is natively connected to Honeywell Forge, the flight data software as a service edge to cloud computing platform first introduced by Honeywell in 2019.
The PC-12 aircraft was flown using Honeywell Anthem’s fully integrated flight deck, which includes the display system and processing platform. The one-hour flight over the Phoenix area was flown by Ed Manning, Pilot in Command, and Bill Lee, Co-Pilot, and supported by Paul Carter, Lead Flight Engineer, and Will Quinn, Flight Engineer.
“This is a historic milestone as Honeywell Anthem is poised to change the way aircraft are piloted,” said Jim Currier, President, Electronic Solutions, Honeywell Aerospace. “Throughout the flight, the pilot and crew tested various aspects of the modular and customizable system, and it performed exactly as designed. Honeywell Anthem is simple, smart and intuitive, and it takes little to no time to feel comfortable with it. Moving forward, flight tests on the PC-12 aircraft will focus on exercising the system in real-life operational scenarios that will provide critical feedback for robust final red-label designs.”