JetWave, the Honeywell Aerospace hardware enabling business aircraft connections to Inmarsat's Jet ConneX Ka-band satellite-based internet connectivity, recently chalked up its 100th installation, the company said, with more than 150 installations expected by year-end. Airfames that the system has been installed on so far have included those manufactured by Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault, Embraer and Gulfstream.
To date, Honeywell, Inmarsat and their installation partners have obtained more than 25 type certificate and supplemental type certificate (STC) approvals for JetWave from the FAA and EASA across 24 airborne platforms. The JetWave and Jet ConneX combination allows data plans offering up to 15 Mbps of bandwidth and global coverage, Honeywell said.
“Manufacturers, maintenance houses and operators saw the value of a reliable, global, high-speed Wi-Fi solution early on and began STC programs well in advance of the Jet ConneX service launch," said Kurt Weidemeyer, Inmarsat's vice president of business aviation. “Equal credit goes to the directors of maintenance and avionics leads who offered up aircraft for the long and expensive STC process.”
“Flight departments and passengers clearly want better in-flight connectivity for everything from live-streaming football games to holding video conferences at 30,000 feet,” agreed Warren Nechtman, Honeywell's vice president connectivity equipment. “Honeywell and Inmarsat's Ka-band technology is improving the quality of air travel for thousands of people.”