The first question many pilots have when they learn about Honeywell’s new Anthem avionics platform and its cloud-connected capabilities is how avionics with access to the internet can be kept secure. Anthem doesn’t just let pilots share data via the internet but also runs a browser on flight deck displays so pilots can access some of their favorite software while in the air and connected to the internet.
To answer this question and learn more about Anthem, I visited Honeywell’s Deer Valley avionics lab in Phoenix. Inside the lab, engineers have Anthem running on a fixed-base simulator using X-Plane for the flight model and visual display. Honeywell pilots also have been flying Anthem hardware and software in the company’s Pilatus PC-12 since June 2021.
Anthem was the result of a name search that began in February 2020. “We didn’t want to use ‘NG’ or “Epic 2.0,’” said Vipul Gupta, Honeywell’s v-p and general manager of avionics. “We wanted to signify something new.”
The team also didn’t favor numbers or a convoluted name and looked for something that signified capability and strength while also allowing aircraft manufacturers to use the term in their description of a customized avionics package based on Anthem. For example, “Fastjet Future Flightdeck powered by Honeywell Anthem.” Nearly 400 names were considered and tested before Anthem won the nod.
Honeywell’s current product lines span light aircraft using Honeywell BendixKing products through Apex in turboprops and Epic-based systems for business jets, airliners, and military aircraft. But Anthem is designed to be a universal platform, affordable and available for all sizes of aircraft.
This is a significant move for Honeywell, which never had a universal avionics system that pilots could start learning during initial flight training and then encounter […]