Posted on: 09 April 2018 by Chloe Greenbank
Honeywell has launched its latest satellite communications system, Aspire 400, to provide aircraft cabin crew and passengers with access to worldwide voice and data connectivity, as well as critical cockpit safety services for pilots.
“As pilot and passenger demand for data and services continues to grow, our latest satellite communications system delivers superior call quality, videoconferencing and the ability to stream content in a single system,” said Mark Goodman, product director, Honeywell Aerospace.
Designed for business jets and commercial or military aircraft, the compact and lightweight system – it’s 45 kg lighter than comparable products – provides connectivity to both the cockpit and cabin simultaneously, which in turn results in safer, more efficient and more comfortable flights than previously possible.
The system, which comes with two antenna options – an intermediate-gain and a high-gain version – offers connectivity through two independent SwiftBroadband channels and Inmarsat’s I-4 network. It enables pilots to have access to a separate, secure data channel for essential safety communications in the cockpit – such as text messaging with air traffic control or in-flight tracking – as well as electronic flight bag applications. Meanwhile, passengers can use the second channel for SwiftBroadband voice and data connectivity in the cabin.
A quick and easy upgrade for legacy satcom systems, Aspire 400 can be installed alongside different Aspire satcom systems on the same aircraft in “dual satcom” mode. It also enables pilots, flight crews and passengers to access Honeywell’s suite of GoDirect software and apps, including GoDirect Cabin Connectivity. This application controls connectivity services and usage, and is credited with helping operators save up to US$100,000 per year.