Lilium has engaged Honeywell to develop the Lilium Jet’s avionics and flight control systems.
Honeywell’s Compact Fly-by-Wire System will act as the flight control system on the all-electric 7-Seater Lilium Jet, responsible for controlling its moveable parts, including the 36 control surfaces and ducted fans that will provide its high levels of manoeuvrability in every stage of flight.
Honeywell is one of the first major aerospace manufacturers to create a dedicated Urban Air Mobility team. The company has designed a flight control system which draws on their decades of experience providing systems for commercial airliners. The system will be tailored for the Lilium Jet’s unique design and will play a crucial role in the smooth, comfortable, and emission-free air travel for passengers.
Yves Yemsi, Chief Program Officer of Lilium said: “The avionics and flight control computers from Honeywell will be a key element for the Lilium Jet’s electronic architecture. Honeywell will integrate an advanced flight deck tailored for the Lilium Jet as the central interface to the pilot with a vehicle management computer and a high integrity flight controls computing platform to provide a state-of-the-art Fly-By-Wire solution for the Lilium Jet.”
System will support operation by a single pilot
Honeywell will also deliver the next generation integrated avionics system, which will provide a simplified user interface for the pilot to fly the Lilium Jet. The selection of Honeywell’s next-generation UAM avionics system is the result of ongoing collaboration between Lilium and Honeywell to converge on the specific technical requirements suitable for the Lilium Jet. The avionics system is designed to reduce training time and will support operation by a single pilot, freeing up greater passenger capacity.
“At Honeywell, we believe in the promise of the Urban Air Mobility segment and we see the enormous potential it has to bring about a new age of aviation and forever transform the way we think about flight and transportation,” said Stéphane Fymat, vice president and general manager of Urban Air Mobility, Honeywell. “Lilium shares that vision with us, which has enabled us to forge a fantastic relationship. We’re extremely excited for our avionics to be on board the Lilium Jet, where they will help ensure not only safe operation, but also make it easier for pilots to fly and provide a more comfortable journey for those onboard.”
In addition to its selection as a provider of the flight control system for the 7-Seater Lilium Jet, Honeywell is also participating in the previously announced common share PIPE offering in connection with Lilium’s SPAC transaction with Qell.
Honeywell joins partners including Ferrovial in jet development
“Honeywell has a decades-long track record of developing and certifying avionics and safety systems for leading aerospace companies and has worked alongside Lilium to develop a bespoke solution for our aircraft,” said Yemsi. “We are proud that Honeywell is joining our roster of world-class aviation partners and also as one of our investors as we prepare to launch commercial operations in 2024.”
Honeywell follows Toray Industries, Aciturri, and Lufthansa Aviation Training as the latest in a series of suppliers whose technology and services have been certified in aerospace around the world for decades. They are joined by infrastructure leaders, such as the Tavistock Development Company, and Ferrovial, a leading airport operator, who will support the development of up to 14 vertiports in Florida.