Archer Aviation has entered into an agreement with Honeywell to supply flight control actuation and thermal management technologies for Archer’s 12 tilt 6 aircraft configuration.

Archer’s production aircraft will operate in dense urban environments with critical precision from the flight controls and actuators, which can accept hundreds of micro adjustments and commands per second from fly-by-wire computers.

Enabling precise navigation, Archer incorporates the latest advancements in technology into its aircraft to draw on its safety benefits, and accommodate the unique elements of its electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.

Archer has selected Honeywell’s MicroVCS thermal management system to provide several advantages compared to conventional systems, including lower weight, higher efficiency, and higher reliability in its size and power class.

Honeywell has more than 60 years of experience delivering actuation and thermal management systems for space, aerospace and naval applications and is an established leader in the eVTOL segment, offering a full line of avionics, navigation, electric propulsion, radar and communications systems, in addition to flight controls and actuation technology.

Archer CEO Adam Goldstein said: “Honeywell’s position as an established leader in delivering advanced aerospace technologies will be critical to our delivering on our goal of certifying our production aircraft in 2024.

“It is evident to us that Honeywell shares our belief that the key to commercializing eVTOL aircraft is working with leading aerospace suppliers to ensure we can deliver as safe an aircraft as possible.”

Honeywell Aerospace vice president and general manager for urban air mobility (UAM) and unmanned aerial systems Stéphane Fymat added: “Our ready-now solutions will create a more sustainable future for the aviation sector.

“We are committed to making UAM an everyday form of travel, and Archer’s aircraft will help bring that vision to life.”

One week ago, Honeywell and Hanwha Systems signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and urban air mobility (UAM) technology development in South Korea.

Earlier last week, Archer Aviation and aircraft components manufacturer FACC entered into an agreement to fabricate and supply key fuselage and wing elements for an eVTOL aircraft currently under development.