|JetWave Hardware for GX Aviation installation on Honeywell Boeing 757 test aircraft. Photo: Honeywell
[Avionics Today 01-21-2016] Honeywell Aerospace’s JetWave wireless In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) system has received U.S. FAA approval for the Boeing 757. JetWave is the exclusive hardware for aircraft to connect to Inmarsat’s Global Xpress, a high-speed broadband satellite network spanning the globe that aims to provide fast, seamless and reliable connectivity over both land and water.
The certification validates the reliability and capability of Honeywell’s hardware to connect to Global Xpress (GX) Aviation service to provide passengers with what the companies claim to be the same high-speed Wi-Fi experience they get at home or in the office, while traveling at 35,000 feet. JetWave and GX Aviation will enable fliers to have seamless access to onboard Wi-Fi to browse the Internet, check emails, stay connected on social media, watch videos and more, even on transcontinental flights. It also simplifies the path for U.S. government approval for the use of JetWave hardware on other aircraft.
The FAA certified Honeywell’s JetWave hardware was achieved following more than 180 flight hours and multiple rigorous tests aboard Honeywell’s Boeing 757 test aircraft, which showed that the system would stay connected to Inmarsat’s GX network at various altitudes, angles and speeds, through several different types of weather, and over land and water.