Jekta signs MoU with Honeywell on aircraft systems


Jekta has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to integrate Honeywell’s systems onboard its amphibious aircraft.

According to the Swiss OEM, the deal signifies the “first step in exploring, identifying, and confirming a suite of Honeywell systems to integrate with its 19-seat, electrically powered, regional, amphibious aircraft, the PHA-ZE 100. In conjunction with Jekta, Honeywell will design and co-develop aeronautical systems. Jekta and Honeywell will also test the viability of single-pilot operations for commercial flying of the PHA-ZE 100 class.

Signed on 20 April, the MoU began with immediate effect and now both firms are in ongoing discussions to identify key components for integration, environmental operating requirements and roles and responsibilities.

George Alafinov, CEO of Jekta Switzerland, said: “Our sustainable airframe represents the most contemporary design and development, and consequently, we want to partner with suppliers renowned for their vision, expertise and flexibility. Honeywell has all these qualities and more. The signing of this MoU is a real vote of confidence for Jekta and the PHA-ZE 100, which will satisfy the travel demands of a whole new generation of passengers seeking affordable, environmentally friendly, regional travel solutions.

“We are proud to be a beneficiary of the years of Honeywell experience and anticipate that it will add real value to the development of an aircraft that operators will welcome, and passengers will love,” he added.

The MoU allows Jekta to leverage Honeywell’s “extensive expertise” and “maximise knowledge transfer” as a new company. Honeywell avionics, electric engines, flight control systems, and connectivity will all be discussed under the terms of the MoU, with the final system architecture and integration to be confirmed by the end of 2023, said Jetka.

The PHA-ZE 100 amphibious flying boat will be certified to EASA CS-23 and US FAA FAR-23 standards for fixed-wing passenger aircraft. Designed to serve coastal and island communities, regional routes currently limited by operational costs, it will also support new low-cost, sustainable services between cities without the need for the installation of expensive land infrastructure, according to designers.