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Spectrum Jet to use Honeywell Primus Apex avionics

Spectrum Aeronautical announced today that it has selected the Honeywell Primus Apex integrated avionics platform for its new Freedom S-40 mid-sized business jet.

Austin Blue, Spectrum's President, said, "The Freedom is unique in the mid-size jet category because of its extraordinary capabilities and efficiency in a variety of missions. We feel Honeywell's Primus Apex platform provides a combination of best-in-class features and rock-solid reliability that offer the flexibility our customers are looking for."

"Safety and reliability are key design considerations for the S-40, and so is the ability to operate world-wide," noted Blue, "so Primus Apex is perfectly in line with those objectives. It's already certified in several applications and, like our aircraft, Primus Apex offers features typically found on business jets that cost millions more to purchase. We're confident that it will assure Freedom pilots easier flight deck operation and improved overall safety."

"The Freedom is a game-changing platform that can take full advantage of the features we've incorporated into Primus Apex," said John Todd, Vice President, Business and General Aviation, Honeywell Aerospace. "Our system's integration expertise will be an advantage for Spectrum as they continue the S-40's development and certification program."

Carey Matthews, President of Spectrum's Aircraft Services division, remarked that, "I'm very impressed with Primus Apex, especially its ability to integrate with our on-aircraft trend monitoring. It will allow us to track operating performance by individual aircraft and across the Freedom fleet all the way to the component level. And, with more than six-hundred service centers worldwide, Honeywell's ability to support the Primus Apex system and Freedom operators is second to none."

The Primus Apex configuration for the Freedom features four screens: 15" primary flight displays (PFDs) at the crew stations, and two 10.4" multifunction displays (MFDs). All use Honeywell's ultra-high resolution graphics, and the installation incorporates multiple redundancies for enhanced reliability. Additional features include advanced auto-flight control, graphical flight planning, true paperless charts and maps, keypad data entry, and cursor control device technology. The system is also compliant with current mandates, such as Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) and Enhanced Mode S Diversity.

Spectrum's Freedom provides seating for up to seven passengers. Its 'stand-up' cabin offers up to six feet (1.8m) of height and width, and includes a private enclosed aft lavatory. The S-40 will be approved for single-pilot operation, with maximum a speed of Mach 0.77 (440 kts). The aircraft has non-stop range capability of 2,250 nautical miles (4,170km) at a cruising altitude of 45,000-feet. Using Spectrum's proprietary fibeXTM advanced composite material system for primary airframe structure, the Freedom weighs up to 40% less than comparably sized aluminum aircraft. The result is up to 50% fuel savings and dramatically reduced emissions.

Press release issued by Spectrum Aeronautical LLC on May 14, 2008


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