Honeywell JetWave hardware certified for Inmarsat GX Aviation

Honeywell's JetWave MCS-8200 fuselage-mounted antenna for Inmarsat GX Aviation
Honeywell’s JetWave MCS-8200 fuselage-mounted antenna for Inmarsat GX Aviation.

Honeywell has achieved final certification from Inmarsat for JetWave, the company’s package of hardware for the Ka-band GX Aviation service.

The final type approval certificate confirms that the system functions as designed and completes the process to bring GX Aviation to the aerospace market.

The certification centres on operation in all environmental conditions with Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) satellite network, which comprises three satellites already launched and functioning.

Inmarsat GX Aviation

This ensures that passengers, pilots and other airline personnel have access to high-speed, consistent and reliable broadband service by GX Aviation on flights worldwide, with speeds similar to those experienced at home or in the office.

JetWave has also been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency for safety, environmental and installation standards.

Carl Esposito, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management, Honeywell Aerospace, said: “Inmarsat’s certification of our JetWave hardware means that customers don’t have to wait for a high-speed, global connectivity service. It’s available and ready for installation now.

“A recent Honeywell survey found that 84 percent of travelers say that it is important to have an in-flight Wi-Fi experience identical to what they have at home or in the office, and airlines around the world will now be able to meet their customers’ demands with GX Aviation.”

Leo Mondale, Inmarsat Aviation president, added: “GX Aviation is the ultimate broadband solution for the skies. It is a truly global service that has been engineered with aircraft mobility in mind, ensuring that airlines, business aviation operators and leading aircraft companies can offer high-quality connectivity even at 40,000 feet, using a single network from a single provider.

“We are delighted with the performance of Honeywell’s JetWave terminals, which have been designed for ease of installation and maintenance to ensure the lowest downtime for any cabin connectivity solution in the market. This final certification is an essential part in opening the doors to this exciting new era of in-flight broadband, available to our customers anytime and anywhere, with absolutely no limits in terms of deployment to their fleets.”

In-flight broadband

GX Aviation launches this year as the world’s first in-flight broadband solution with seamless global coverage delivered through a single operator.

It allows airline passengers to browse the internet, check social media, stream videos, access company resources and more, with similar fast and reliable broadband as they receive on the ground.

The service is powered by the new GX constellation, which entered commercial service in December 2015. Inmarsat is committed to building additional network capacity, with plans already announced to increase its dedicated Ka-band payloads to seven.

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