‘Home equivalent’ in-flight connectivity takes step closer

11 February 2014: In a joint agreement, Inmarsat and Honeywell have confirmed that the critical design review (CDR) for the GX Aviation aircraft avionics has been finalised.

‘Home equivalent’ high-speed, consistent wireless internet connectivity for cockpit and cabin is on schedule for delivery on both passenger aircraft and business jets, as this final development review is completed.

Inmarsat and Honeywell engineers executed a comprehensive audit of the system design, engineering model hardware and programme.

New dawn

This will now be followed by product certification in 2014, and product launch and global entry into service for commercial, business aviation and government customers in the first half of 2015.

“We are confident that the Honeywell avionics, like the rest of the GX Aviation programme, will be ready for service launch in 2015,” said Miranda Mills, President Inmarsat Aviation.

“GX Aviation will bring a new dawn in aircraft connectivity, providing high-speed broadband connectivity for all user requirements throughout the flight,” she added.

Truly connected

Using GX Aviation, in-flight passengers will be able to receive real-time social media updates and email, and watch live-streaming TV from virtually anywhere in the world, over land and sea.

“Successful completion of our final design review is one more milestone along our path to product introduction in the first half of 2015,” commented Jack Jacobs, Vice President of Marketing, Honeywell Safety and Information Systems.

“We are actively working with several air transport and business aviation manufacturers to provide GX Aviation and to enable a truly connected aircraft from gate to gate and from ground to over 12,000 metres.”

Completion of this major milestone follows the successful launch of Inmarsat-5 F1 on 8 December 2013. The second and third Ka-band satellites are scheduled for launch later this year to provide full global coverage by the end of 2014.

Honeywell: www.honeywell.com
GX Aviation: www.inmarsat.com