Honeywell Technology Solutions trains its aerospace engineers as pilots. A first in India.

In a first of its kind in the Indian aerospace industry, Honeywell Aerospace and Honeywell Technology Solutions (HTS) trained 16 of its development engineers and graduated them with a private pilot’s license (PPL). The PPL training was started in 2010 to train HTS engineers to think and act like pilots in real flight conditions.

There has always been a gap between pilots, and engineers developing aerospace and avionics solutions. With this training, Honeywell hopes to improve the engineers’ understanding of the challenges pilots face, which leads to better determination of product requirements from a pilot’s perspective. Engineers also improve their technical communications skills in the language of pilots, improving Honeywell delivery of aerospace and avionics solutions.

Participants must attend 200 hours of classroom training and pass an exam, before completing in-air training. The program culminates with 20 hours of flying solo and 10 hours of flying cross-country.

Tim Mahoney, President and CEO, Honeywell Aerospace summarises the program

“By enabling our engineers to understand the cockpit from a pilot’s perspective is a new approach for India’s aerospace industry,” “Through their pilot training, these engineers can now truly understand what it’s like for a pilot flying an aircraft, and use the live interaction and experience to develop technologies that are even closer aligned with our customers’ needs.”

Honeywell’s avionics portfolio includes communication, navigation and surveillance systems, flight display systems, and flight control and management systems for general and business aviation, commercial air transport, military aircraft and space-based platforms.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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