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C919 to have Honeywell flight control flybywire system

Honeywell has been selected by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) as the flybywire flight control system provider for the new C919 single-aisle commercial airliner.

Mark Howes, president of Honeywell Aerospace APAC signed the Letter of Intent together with Lu Guangshan, president of AVIC Electronics Group and Wu Guanghui, senior vice-president of COMAC.

Honeywell flybywire flight control technology is used on many commercial aircraft, including COMAC’s ARJ21, the Boeing 787 and the Embraer 170/190 family. The Honeywell system for the C919 includes a complete autoflight system with automatic landing capability.

Honeywell will integrate the flybywire system that includes electronics, actuation, MEMS sensors, sidestick and other cockpit controls to provide the C919 with a complete flight control capability that optimises aircraft performance with reduced weight, volume and power requirements.

Honeywell also signed a Memorandum of Understanding to form a joint venture with the Flight Automatic Control Research Institute (FACRI) to provide electronics for the C919.

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