NBAA: Inmarsat Jet ConneX certified on Gulfstream G550

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A Gulfstream G550 at Ebace, Geneva. Now certified for Jet ConneX
A Gulfstream G550 at Ebace, Geneva.

Inmarsat has announced that its Jet ConneX business aviation inflight Wi-Fi service has received a Supplement Type Certificate (STC) for the Gulfstream G550 aircraft.

The certificate, awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), approves Gulfstream G550 business jets to be equipped with the exclusive JetWave tail-mount antenna and terminal, produced by Inmarsat partner Honeywell.

Inmarsat says the system enables seamless access to Jet ConneX high-speed Wi-Fi across major flight routes and islands off the beaten path, allowing passengers to browse the web, stream live television, video conference and more.

Following more than a year of investment in development and testing, initial installations on G550 aircraft are now under way. Gulfstream, in cooperation with Inmarsat and Honeywell, is currently conducting in-service evaluation and final terminal Type Approval activities.

Kurt Weidemeyer, Vice President of Business Aviation at Inmarsat, said: “The Gulfstream G550 community has been eagerly awaiting this Jet ConneX installation approval and has told us about their desire to have a powerful global high-speed Wi-Fi solution for their principals.

“Many are heavy users of Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband solution and are happy with the service reliability, but are now looking to upgrade to a next-generation network that is fast enough to handle the demands of today’s applications.”

Honeywell is the exclusive provider of the JetWave hardware and played an integral role in supporting the Gulfstream G550 STC.

Honeywell's lightweight JetWave tail-mounted Ka-band antenna for Jet ConneX on bizjets.
Honeywell’s lightweight tail-mounted Ka-band antenna for bizjets.

Warren Nechtman, Vice President of Connected Aircraft Systems at Honeywell, said: “Honeywell worked closely with Gulfstream to successfully integrate the JetWave hardware into the existing G550 architecture.

“However the real credit goes to the Gulfstream team who worked expeditiously to bring Jet ConneX to their customers. They did it in record time.”

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Jet ConneX is a global, high-speed Wi-Fi option available for business jets. It offers the same fast and reliable on-board connectivity experience comparable to the mobile broadband services they may receive on the ground.

Using Inmarsat’s advanced Ka-band satellite network, Jet ConneX offers data plans up to 15Mbps and consistent global coverage.

Platforms now supported by JetWave and Jet ConneX:

Bombardier: Called Bombardier WAVE, the Jet ConneX solution is a line-fit option on Bombardier business jet aircraft and can be installed on all Bombardier Global models.

Dassault: Line-fit option on Dassault Falcon business jets including new Falcon 900LX, Falcon 7X, Falcon 8X and Falcon 5X business jets. For existing Dassault customers, Jet ConneX is available on the Falcon 7X, Falcon 2000 and Falcon 900 Series aircraft.

Embraer: Line-fit option on Embraer Lineage 1000E executive jets starting in early 2018.

Gulfstream:  It has already been installed on over 35 Gulfstream G650 jets, only a few months after achieving installation approval for the aircraft with more than 50 additional installs expected on G650s this year alone. As well as the G550, line-fit availability for the G450 will occur over the next three months.

Boeing: Boeing Business Jet customers are benefiting from accelerated install options like the Two-In-One (TIO) tail-mounted radome as well as STCs from aftermarket installation and modification centre partners on the 737BBJ, 737-700, 737-900 and 777-200, with several additional platforms receiving approval over the coming months.

Airbus: Airbus Corporate Jets’ Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul groups were on the cutting edge of Jet ConneX adoption with several aftermarket centres completing certifications earlier this year on the A319, A320, A330-200, A340-200 and A340-500.

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