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Honeywell has unveiled a new research and development lab that will be used to mature technology for simplified vehicle operations in future urban air mobility (UAM) aircraft.
Located at Honeywell’s Deer Valley avionics facility in Phoenix, Arizona, the lab is configured to resemble the flight deck of a conceptual eVTOL aircraft. It has one seat positioned in front of a primary flight display, with additional wraparound screens providing a simulated view outside the aircraft. The displays and a control stick are integrated with Honeywell actuators and compact fly-by-wire flight computers, which can be programmed with actual control laws so that the simulator accurately replicates the operation of an aircraft in the real world.
According to Stéphane Fymat, vice president and general manager of Honeywell’s new unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and UAM business unit, customers will be able to use the lab to test and refine their flight control concepts, with an emphasis on making their novel aircraft easy and intuitive to fly.
“With the influx of new UAM vehicles taking to the skies in the coming years, we’re seeing a growing need for operators to test real-world technology in a lab setting,” Fymat stated in a press release. “With this new lab we can fully simulate real vehicle functionality with real hardware for our customers, which will cut back on costly flight test hours and help them reach their goal of attaining simplified vehicle operations.”
Hello, I am a student who is pursuing a degree in the Avation Technology field along with a Helicopter Pilots License. Would it be possible to swing by and check out the lab? Would love to check it out for a research project.
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