Posted on: 10 February 2014 by Mark Howells
Honeywell and Inmarsat have completed on schedule the critical design review (CDR) of the GX Aviation aircraft avionics with aims to achieve product certifications later this year and introduction of the in-flight connectivity service in the first half of 2015.
Completing the CDR marks the final development review for the GX Aviation aircraft avionics programme. Following the completed evaluation, Inmarsat and Honeywell engineers executed an audit of the system design, engineering model hardware and programme.
“Successful completion of our final design review is one more milestone along our path to product introduction in the first half of 2015,” said Jack Jacobs, vice president of Marketing, Honeywell Safety and Information Systems. “We are on track to bring a new level of high-speed, in-fight connectivity to consumers and airlines around the world, regardless of whether it is a domestic or international flight.”
“A comprehensive team from both Inmarsat and Honeywell has completed its analysis of every aspect of Honeywell’s satcom system to ensure it meets all our design criteria. We are confident that the Honeywell avionics, like the rest of the GX Aviation programme, will be ready for service launch in 2015,” commented Miranda Mills, president, Inmarsat Aviation.
During the process, Inmarsat’s team reviewed the final functional specifications of hardware designs, and the results of engineering units tests. These reviews will enable the continued progress of the GX Aviation programme through product certification in 2014, product launch and global entry into service for commercial, business aviation and government customers in the first half of 2015.
Available to both passenger aircraft and business jets, GX Aviation is a global, high-speed, in-flight connectivity service that will provide data rates to the aircraft of up to 50Mbps.