May 2019

Plus event updates
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Newsletter of the

Honeywell Retiree Social Club of Arizona

NOTE: This online version is a reformatted sub-set of the full version sent to paid-up members, with updates to event information since the Bridge was distributed.

For example, it does not contain names of recent retirees, new members, or members who have passed away, nor does it contain the list of member email addresses which is sent out from time to time.

There will typically be a delay of a week or so before a new month's version is posted here—if you want to get the Bridge as it comes off the press, become a member and request the full-color PDF version, the eBridge, which is sent by email and can be received wherever you may be, unlike the paper version. Note that Honeywell outsources the distribution of the black-and-white paper Bridge. It is typically delivered one to two weeks after the PDF eBridge is delivered by email, so apart from news being a little old, members receiving only the paper copy may miss out on first come, first served signup for upcoming events.

Regular Sections
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President's Perspective

From the Editor

Fix-It Guys


Reports & Photos of Past Events  (Index)

Upcoming Events  (Index)

Recurring Lunches for sub groups:
Honeywell IAC Ole Timers
Bull Old-Timers Lunch Bunch
The Honey-Bunch-Lunchers

President's Perspective

Mary Barkl

It has been a very good year. If you missed the Potluck Picnic on April 25, it was a very fun day and attended by over 80 members from the HRSC and the AAC clubs. The food was awesome and the cooks worked hard to feed us grilled hamburger and brats. The array of potluck dishes ran the list from salads to desserts, if you could think of something to eat, it was there. An ice breaker game was played by some, books were exchanged, and Desert Mission Food Bank thanked us for 75 pounds of canned goods delivered that afternoon. Many pictures were taken by our professional photographer, Rick Carter, and they will be featured in the first Bridge publication of September, 2019.

During the summer of this year, the Board will be discussing the recommendations garnered from the member survey so look for those in September also. We have already started to implement your recommendations.

Again this year, we have over a dozen scholarship applicants. The GRC and HRSC scholarship foundations, in concert with Honeywell, have raised more funds this year than in the past. The recipients will be announced and highlighted over the 2019-2020 fiscal year. We would like to thank Honeywell for their generosity.

Featured in this Bridge are the new members who are willing to join the Board and plan and play with us. Please submit your votes when you receive your ballot.

The following is a list of the new members who have joined the Honeywell Retiree Social Club (HRSC during the period from May 2018 through April 2019:

Donald Brandes
Gary Mummaw
Dave Kresl
Kirk Anderson
Frances Emerson
Jim Strilich
Vera Uyleman
Terrence Smith
Jane Valderrama
Robert Handley
Kathleen Carden

We clearly appreciate our members and wish you a fun, comfortable summer wherever you may roam.

Regards, Mary

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    • Honeywell Retiree Social Club (HRSC) Website:
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    • Honeywell Retiree Social Club, 1860 W. Rose Garden Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85027-2704
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    • HRSC Annual dues: $5.00 (multiple year memberships recommended)

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Club Leader Contacts

Officers - Voting

Directors - Voting

Mary Barkl - President
Kevin Harris (2019)*
Rick Carter – Vice President
602 920-6044
Gaylord “Brock” Brockway (2019)*
Doug Metzger - Treasurer
Jim Redmond (2019)*
Vacant - Secretary

Barbara Rippstein (2020)*
Unfilled Past Vice President - Vacant

Cheryl Wiley (2021)*

Vacant Director Position

Staff Functions (Non-Voting)

Barbara Rippstein – Travel Coordinator
Rick Carter - Photographer
602 920-6044
Ted Rees – Membership Secretary
Kevin Harris - Webmaster
Kay Nye - Bridge Editor
Warren Koepsel - Fix-It Guys Coordinator
Jim Redmond - Scholarship Foundation Chair

  *Directors have a three-year term expiration date, staggered to have two directors per year.
  Officers have a two-year term.

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Honeywell Retiree Social Club (HRSC) is a social organization in Arizona for Honeywell International, Inc. retirees. This organization will be open without regard to prior class of employment, race, creed, sex or geographical residence.

HRSC will provide activities, programs (such as Fix-It Guys and Scholarship Program) and projects of interest to retirees and spouses. It will facilitate effective communications between members, other Honeywell retiree clubs and Honeywell International, Inc. It will provide opportunities to renew acquaintances and promote fellowship among retirees, and will assist retirees in maintaining and enhancing the image of Honeywell International, Inc., in the eyes of the public.

Any comments or claims made within the publication are solely the responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily express the views of Honeywell Inc. or the directors, officers, staff, or members of the Honeywell Retiree Social Club (HRSC) of Arizona.

From the Editor

Summer is fast approaching and we’re all busy planning our trips and vacations. It may be taking a trip to visit family and friends, exploring far off places, heading to the high country to escape the heat, or staying in the valley to enjoy the area lakes and backyard barbecues. Wherever you may be, I hope everyone has a safe, happy, and healthy summer. The May Bridge will be the last one until the staff and board members return from their summer vacations in August. I’m looking forward to continuing to provide you with interesting articles, upcoming events, and maybe a joke or two. Just a few friendly reminders...

    • A variety of information for members can be found on the HRSC website Just click the menu buttons at the left of most pages. One of these is a link to the “Events Schedule” so you can review upcoming events that you may be interested in attending.
    • In addition to upcoming events, accessing the above website will also provide additional Honeywell-related information. Click on the “Useful Links” button, then select “Jump to Honeywell Dashboard” at the top of the page.
    • Please address any comments or questions to the editor at the HRSC email address or Honeywell Retiree Social Club, 1860 W. Rose Garden Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85027-2704.
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Events to Look Forward To

Amazon Fulfillment Center Tours  TBD

Oktoberfest  TBD 

Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun (RTVOS) - November 2019 date TBD

More information will be provided when it becomes available. 

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  1. Please note: The items listed above under “Events to Look Forward To” are those that do not currently have firm dates and/or information but may be of interest to all of our members. The upcoming events that are TBD will no longer be listed on the first page of the newsletter. The first page will only show those events that have firm dates and details.


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Current information on the above events is in the Upcoming Events Preview following the entries for firm events.

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MVD urges Arizonans to consider getting a voluntary travel I.D. Effective October 1, 2020, only the Arizona Travel ID (driver’s license or ID card), a U.S. passport, and other federally approved identification will be accepted at TSA airport security checkpoints for domestic travel. If you’re using your driver license or ID card at domestic airport security checkpoints, or if you’re renewing your current license, it is recommended that you apply for the new Arizona Travel ID card to save time later.

Background Information
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AZ Driver LicenseThe Arizona Travel ID is the credential that complies with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005. It is available as both a driver license and identification card. There is a gold star embedded in the card to show that the cardholder has provided added proof of identification to ensure the license or ID meets strict federal requirements.

Note: Rules for international travel are unchanged, and a valid passport or equivalent will be required to travel outside the United States.

For more information on the REAL ID Act, please visit the Department of Homeland Security website.

Cost and ID Requirements
The cost is $25 for both renewals and first-time issues. Federal requirements require the Travel ID to be valid for a maximum of eight years. Exceptions apply, including drivers age 65 or older whose licenses are currently valid for five years. Forms of identification required for a Voluntary Travel ID include one document such as a birth certificate or a passport that proves identity; one document that proves a Social Security number such as a Social Security card or W-2 form, and two documents such as utility bills or bank statements that prove Arizona residency.

For non-U.S. citizens who have authorized legal presence, the expiration date will be based off the immigration documents presented, not to exceed eight years. You will need one document to establish birth or legal presence; one document to verify your Social Security number; and two documents to
establish residency in Arizona.

Getting a Travel ID

Customers who want to purchase a Travel Identification Card may schedule an appointment at a participating MVD Office. Walk-ins are also accepted. To make an appointment with the MVD, go to their website at or contact your local MVD office by phone. To save time, it is recommended that you fill out the application on line before going to the office. Please be aware that there are sites pretending to be authorized third party driver’s license providers representing the MVD. To avoid these sites, it is highly recommended that you use the official MVD website provided above.

Food for THought

If God wanted me to touch my toes, He would’ve put them on my knees.

The biggest lie I tell myself is ”I don't need to write that down, I’ll remember it."

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Honeywell Clubs Fix-It Guys Program

Sponsored by the Honeywell, Garrett & Aero Activities Retiree Clubs
We help Honeywell retirees or surviving spouses with fix-it jobs around the house.  This program is designed to keep the job from being a budget buster for you.Handyman

Call our coordinator, Warren Koepsel, at 480-510-9304 to schedule a trip to your home. If you reach voice mail, leave a clear message giving job information, your name, telephone number and nearest cross streets. We will get back with you to schedule a visit.
                                                          Wanted Are You Handy?

Your clubs really need your help!

We're Hiring!!

You don't have to be a contractor-level kind of handyman—just generally handy around the house. Some of you may have special skills (Computer/Plumbing/Electrical/Drywall?) that can significantly help our members in need. Why not try it? Call Warren, (480-510-9304). We would love to talk with you!

The table below lists our current Fix-It Guys Team.

Thanks guys—for all that you do.

East Valley
Bob Davenport Frank Holman Warren Koepsel Stu Mitnik
Ken Probert
Charlie Paine

North Valley
Bob Farney
Lee Rippstein Dan Schott

Scholarships for College

Honeywell Retiree Clubs

Scholarship Foundation


Increasing number of candidates from 12 last year to 13 this year and a record amount of donations has resulted in providing a true value to our membership families. Thank you to the Garrett and Honeywell Retiree clubs as well as Honeywell International for their generous donations. As with previous years, the majority of the scholarship total budget came from individual club members. As of this printing, Garrett member individual contributions are over $6,600 with another $800 expected. The Honeywell member individual contributions are currently at $725. How about it Honeywell members, can’t we start matching the generosity of our Garrett friends? All of you who gave are making a difference in the lives of these deserving recipients.

A special thanks to Honeywell and great appreciation for their continued support of this great charity. This year they increased their contribution to the foundation by a $1,000. This has been critical for the foundation to continue providing scholarships to the ever expanding group of qualified and deserving candidates.

Cost of a college education has been increasing yearly and our number of valid applicants has increased from 1 at program start to 13 for this year. So far, we have been able to award each of the qualified applicants with at least $1,000. Continued awards of this modest amount for each applicant will likely be impossible unless we can increase contributions. Please review your charitable contributions and seriously consider adding this Scholarship Program to your list of worthy causes. The Scholarship Program is qualified as a 501(c)(3), so donations should be tax deductible (check with your tax advisor). Please remember, students receiving these benefits are all family members of retired Honeywell and Garrett employees who are active members of either retiree club. The student applicants have to qualify by keeping grades above at least a 3.0 average and by supplying a written essay. By giving to this program, you will be directly helping the friends and family members of people you worked with for years.

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If you would like to donate, you can send your check to either of:

Gwen Scheetz, Doug Metzger
Scholarship Foundation Secretary / Treasurer
5640 E Everett Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
HRSC Treasurer
Honeywell Retiree Social Club, Honeywell, Inc.
1860 Rose Garden Lane
Phoenix, AZ 85027-2704
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Watch for more information about each of our scholarship recipients in future editions of our Club Newsletter.

If you have questions; you can find information about our Scholarships on the website at
.  Click on the Scholarship button, (found on the left side of most pages, except for the online Bridge), or go directly by following this link to the Scholarships section of our website.

Our Foundation Board Members are also happy to help. You can call or email your Scholarship Board Member at:

Jim Redmond, Chair
Phone: 623 362 2421

Bob Davenport, ASU Representative
Phone: 480 560 6273

Dawn Orgill, NAU Representative
Phone: 602 881 7772
Gwen Scheetz, Secretary and Treasurer
Phone: 602 616 9889

Frank Holman, U of A Representative
Phone: 602 695 2565

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Reports & Photos of Past Events

(Approximately one year of past events is shown.)
See The Bridge in Archives for more details of these and older events.)

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Power Station Palo Verde Nuclear Energy Education Center Tour
  - In Buckeye.
  - Education & live communication with the power station.
Apr 18, 2018
SW Plane SouthWest Airlines Maintenance Hangar Tour
  - At Sky Harbor Airport - repeated again by popular demand.
Apr 19, 2018
Cruise Ship Cruise - Farther in Alaska - By land and by sea!
HRSC - Barbara Rippstein
Aug 5, 2018
Tim Mahoney Talk from Tim Mahoney - President of Honeywell Aerospace
GRC - Mark Steele
Oct 3, 2018
Oktoberfest Oktoberfest
HRSC - Mary Barkl
Oct 17, 2018
University Midwestern University Veterinary Medicine Open House
AAC - Keith Hughes
Oct 27, 2018
Golf Club Ping Golf Club Factory Tour
AAC - Keith Hughes
Oct 31, 2018
Nov 9, 2018
Hospice Hospice and Palliative Care
GRC - Mark Steele
Nov 7, 2018
RTVOS Painter Honeywell-RTVOS Volunteer Opportunity
HRSC - Doug Metzger
Nov 10, 2018
Golf Club Ping Golf Club Factory Tour
AAC - Keith Hughes
Nov 29, 2018
Xmas Lunch Christmas Holiday Charity Luncheon
GRC & HRSC - Diane Bennett & Mary Barkl
Dec 11, 2018
Xmas December Christmas Dinner-Dance
AAC - Joyce Calella
Dec 12, 2018
B-17 Commemorative Air Force Presentation
GRC - Mark Steele
Jan 9, 2019
Tovrea Castle Tovrea Castle Tour
AAC - Keith Hughes
Jan 11, 2019

Old Car Sanderson Village and Museum Tour
AAC - Keith Hughes
Jan 23, 2019
Rose AAC - Steve Flood Feb 2, 2019
Southwest Plane Southwest Airlines Maintenance Hangar Tour
AAC - Keith Hughes
Feb 6, 2019
Fire Engine
Hall of Flame Presentation
GRC - Mark Steele
Feb 6, 2019
Amazon Amazon Tour
HRSC - Rick Carter

Feb 6, 2019

Horses Racing
A Day at the Races
AAC - Fred Polack
Feb 19, 2019
Golf Club Ping Golf Club Factory Tour
AAC - Keith Hughes
Feb 27, 2019
(Feb 15 Tour Canceled.)
Theatre Masks
Phoenix Theatre Presentation
GRC - Mark Steele
Mar 6, 2019
PXG Icon PXG Golf Club Factory Tour
AAC - Steve Flood
Mar 15, 2019
Eyeglassses Essilor Eyeglass Lab Tour
AAC - Steve Flood
Mar 20, 2019
Guide Dog
Guide Dogs of the Desert Presentation
GRC - Mark Steele
Apr 3, 2019
Theatre "Mamma Mia!" by Broadway Theatre Company
AAC - Lydia Gonzales
Apr 4, 2019
Picnic Garrett Spring Potluck Picnic
GRC - Diane Bennett
Apr 10, 2019
Picnic Spring Potluck Picnic
HRSC - Mary Barkl
AAC - Larry Bowe

Apr 25, 2019
Brian Anton
Presentation by Former USAF and Southwest Airlines Pilot
GRC - Mark Steele
May 1, 2019
MIM Bass
Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) Tour
AAC - Kaye Eibeck
May 9, 2019

Event Ideas

Upcoming Events

Singles Welcome at all Events!

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Acronyms used to denote sponsorship for each event:

HRSC - Honeywell Retiree Social Club (Covers all parts of Honeywell, including GE, Garrett, Sperry, Bull, AlliedSignal, etc.)
GRC - Garrett Retirees' Club
AAC - Aero Activities Club (Formerly known as Sperry Retiree Club

Regardless of sponsoring organization(s), all events are open to members of all three retiree clubs.

NOTE: HRSC Sponsored programs and events, where payments are required in advance, will provide refunds any time there is no cost to the Club. We will make every effort to provide refunds when requested; however, for some events funds have been committed by the HRSC and will not be refunded.

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Barry Goldwater with Movie Camera
Photographs by Barry M. Goldwater
The Arizona Highways Collection
AAC - Kaye Eibeck
May 14, 2019
VC Engine Verde Canyon Railroad
AAC - Larry Bowe
Oct 26, 2019
Tovrea Castle Tovrea Castle Tour
AAC - Keith Hughes
Nov 8, 2019
Royal Princess Seven-Day Californian Coastal Cruise
HRSC - Barbara Rippstein

Nov 9, 2019
Tovrea Castle Tovrea Castle Tour
AAC - Keith Hughes
Nov 16, 2019

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Honeywell IAC Ole Timers
Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet, 10030 N Metro Pkwy E
(Second Monday of March, second Tuesday of June, second Wednesday of September, second Thursday of December)
Contact: Mary Barkl
Jun 11, Sep 11, Dec 12.
11:15 AM

Bull Old-Timers Lunch Bunch
Old Country Buffet, 9620 N Metro Pkwy W
(Third week of month. First 4 months Tue; second 4 Wed; third 4 Thu.)
Contact: Wayne Sobieski
May 15, Jun 19, Jul 17, Aug 21, Sep 19, Oct 17, Nov 21, Dec 19.
11:30 AM

The Honey-Bunch-Lunchers
Golden Corral, 5679 W Northern Ave
(First Tuesday of each month)
Contact: Alfred Brenneise
May 7, Jun 4, Jul 2, Aug 6, Sep 3, Oct 1, Nov 5, Dec 3.
11:30 AM

See list of attendees and photos from the March 12, 2018 Honeywell IAC Ole Timers Lunch.
See photos and list of attendees from the December 13, 2018 Honeywell IAC Ole Timers Lunch.

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Reports & Photos of Past Events

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Palo Verde Energy Education Center Tour

Apr 18, 2018
Buckeye, AZ

26 members toured the facility and listened to a presentation by our host Chuck Emmitt who had 50 years experience in the nuclear industry. We learned that Palo Verde was a base load generator and typically gas fired generators handle peak load. There was a long discussion on U235 and U238 and how it is used for fuel.

Chuck gave a detailed description of the pressurized water reactor design and its advantages over other designs. We also found out that if every piece of uranium in the United States could be used it could power the USA for a million years. One pellet of uranium the size of a pencil eraser is equivalent to 1 ton of coal or 3 barrels of oil.



Sponsored by the
Aero Activities Club.

Southwest Airlines Maintenance Hangar Tour

  Apr 19, 2018

Sky Harbor Airport, AZ

We had 19 club members visit Southwest two days after the engine explosion so guess what we asked about.

A forward fan blade was shed on a Southwest Airlines plane in 2016 causing the engine manufacturer CFM to investigate and finally recommend inspections of older engines within a year.

The aircraft that had a problem was due for a check in June. Looks like the problem was more serious than CFM thought. SW was inspecting 450 engines in 15 days and all 1400 in 30 days so they were being proactive.

Pictures below show the blades removed for ultrasonic inspection. Also shown is a blue jack mechanism that lifts the front landing gear of a 737-700 to drop the tail enough to get inside the hanger door that is too low for the new series jets.

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Sponsored by the Aero Activities Club.

Travel with Barbara Rippstein
Farther North to Alaska

(This is a description of the trip before it took place; a report and/or photos will be posted here when available.)

Land portion starts August 5, 2018
Sea portion starts August 11, 2018

Alaska Cruise touShiprs are the ultimate Alaska experience—a vacation combining 6 nights exploring Alaska by land and an unforgettable 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise. Every Alaska Cruise tour includes the state's top two attractions—picturesque Denali National Park, home to North America’s tallest peak, and pristine Glacier Bay National Park. On land, you’ll stay at exclusive Princess Wilderness Lodges near legendary national parks and our Alaska Cruise tour itinerary includes exclusive Princess Alaska rail service, giving you yet another way to see the wonders of the Great Land! 

Princess has two levels of tours that travel together, the Connoisseur and the Explorer. The two groups travel together on the bus and train. They stay in the same lodges. The Connoisseur tour prices include most of the meals and tours which are not noted below. The Explorer tours are less expensive and guests are free to eat wherever they choose and to purchase the optional tours.

Our tour starts on August 5 in Fairbanks, Alaska “Golden Heart City”.  We check into our hotel. The rest of the day will be at your leisure.

Mon, Aug 6, both groups take a cruise on an authentic Sternwheeler Riverboat down the Chena River and have a chance to pan for gold. 


Tue, Aug 7 we say goodbye to Fairbanks for a spectacular trip to Denali National Park via scenic motor coach. We will be welcomed at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge for a 2-night retreat.  The afternoon is at leisure for all.

Wed, Aug 8 we explore Denali National Park. The Explorer group will go on the Natural History tour. The Connoisseur group will go on a Tundra Wilderness tour.

Thursday Aug 9—tMountainoday we will travel by motor coach to the south side of the park for two nights at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. This is where you can see Mt. Denali, the highest mountain in the United States. Take in the sensational views with a glass of wine on the expansive deck. 


Fri. Aug 10 we have a full day to relax and explore. There are optional tours available for both the Explorer and Connoisseur groups.

Sat. Aug 11 after a morning enjoying the vistas, we’ll transfer to the historic town of Talkeetna aboard the exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness Rail for the journey to Whittier and our waiting ship.

Sponsored by the Honeywell Retiree Social Club.

Tim Mahoney - President, Honeywell Aerospace
GRC - Mark Steele

Oct 3, 2018

                                                          MahoneyOur featured speaker was Tim Mahoney, President Honeywell Aerospace. He began with an Employee Provide – a photo and video montage done by Scott Carlton, APU engineer.

In addition to the spinoff of the turbocharger business, Tim announced the spinoff of the Homes Business (RESIDEO) consisting of the entire portfolio for Homes products plus the ADI Global Distribution business.

In 2017, Aerospace booked $14.8B in sales with 22.2% segment margin. Fastest growing area is Electronic Solutions requiring rapid expansion of capacity of precision avionics and navigation. APUs and Engines are both capacity limited by the supplier base and would have produced a 22% cumulative annual growth rate had there been no limitations. The Repair and Overhaul business is nearing $100M annual revenue. Honeywell Aerospace is growing faster than the markets it serves.

Expectations through 2022 anticipates avionics wins 2.7 times those of competitors; APUs 2.1 times; Mechanical Systems 1.6 times and Engines is expecting 100% of proposals will be winners. 16 airlines are removing competitor APS and replacing them with the 131-9. We take the replaced units, disassemble them and sell them as spare parts.

Growth opportunities include:
    ▪    Allegiant Air for power and avionics 

    ▪    LION Airgroup with 617 of their a/c using 
our APUs

    ▪    T900 turboshaft of Blackhawk and Apache ($50B opportunity). Tech proposal 13,500 pages.
Announcement expected Jan '19.

    ▪    T55 (CH47) product support 

    ▪    20 kVA generator for UH-60 

    ▪    F124 for USAF T-X Trainer

Advanced Technology focus includes:
    ▪    Megawatt generator for directed energy weapons
    ▪    Advanced compressors and combustor coatings for next generation combat helos
    ▪    Future small turbofan
    ▪    Improved performance turbine engine for MQ-9 Reaper drone.

Aerospace primary and ongoing focus is labeled the Connected Market and the Connected aircraft. Honeywell provides up to 109 different subsystems on commercial aircraft and through the knowledge of connectivity, strived to eliminate all unscheduled maintenance. The goal is to provide service connectivity of 80% of these systems by 2019.

Encompassing the connected aircraft are a/c data gateways, and both cabin and cockpit SATCOM. In addition Honeywell provides a global data center with secure infrastructure and ground networks linking all aircraft services and cabin tools.

Sponsored by the Garrett Retiree Club.

   HRSC - Mary Barkl
  Oct 17, 2018

The Oktoberfest was a great success and was enjoyed by all, with accordion music, beer, brats, sauerkraut, ice-breaker, split-the-pot, door prizes, and, above all, the chance to renew old acquaintances and make new ones, especially with fellow retirees from different divisions.

There were raves about the brats and the beans; some went back for seconds! We had an ice breaker which it looked like all of the attendees were playing. 5 completed the ice breaker and were put in the door prize drawing which already included everyone that was in attendance.

We had two drawings for the 50/25/25 and each recipient received $27.50. There were 4 $25.00 door prizes that were won, 1 went to one of the ice breaker players and the other 3 went to other attendees.

There were many delicious desserts to savor that were brought by the board members in attendance.

This is a video clip of our accordionist, Leigh DeChaine, pictured above-right.

See photos of the event from our club photographer, Rick Carter.

Many thanks to Mary Barkl for organizing this event; everything was well thought out and ran very smoothly.


Sponsored by the Honeywell Retiree Social Club

Veterinary Medicine Open House
AAC - Keith Hughes
Oct 27, 2018


Awaiting report and/or photos.

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Sponsored by the
Aero Activities Club.

Ping Golf Club Factory Tour
AAC - Keith Hughes

Oct 31, 2018

On Oct 31st a group of us toured the factory. I know absolutely nothing about golf so I will not embarrass myself with a long description. However the tour for me was fascinating, full of details and over 2 hours long. And you really do walk at least ½ a mile.

The facility is their main design and production site with 800 employees out of a worldwide workforce of 1500. We toured everywhere from custom bag manufacturing, putter head milling, assembly of the clubs at various stages, driving range and the vault.

There was some famous PGA player trying out new clubs on a very nice test range. The picture above is the vault with over 3400 gold plated and solid gold putters. Apparently if you win a big championship using Ping clubs they make a gold putter for you and keep a replica in the vault.

We discovered that the next day (Nov 1st) they were introducing a variable length putter to the market. Apparently 80% of players use the wrong length.

This has been a popular event and all three dates (Nov 9th and Nov 29th) are fully booked.  

If interested in going on a waiting list for a future date contact  Please include name, number of tickets, club affiliation and phone number.

Ping Factory
Sponsored by the
Aero Activities Club.

Hospice and Palliative Care
GRC - Mark Steele