Posted on: 12 October 2017
Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX business aviation inflight Wi-Fi service has received a Supplement Type Certificate (STC) for the Gulfstream G550 aircraft.
Awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the certificate approves Gulfstream G550 business jets to be equipped with the JetWave antenna and terminal, produced by Inmarsat partner Honeywell. The system enables seamless access to Jet ConneX high-speed Wi-Fi across major flight routes and islands off the beaten path.
Initial installations on G550 aircraft are now underway following over a year of investment in development and testing. Gulfstream, in co-operation with Inmarsat and Honeywell, is currently conducting in-service evaluation and final terminal Type Approval activities.
“The Gulfstream G550 community has been eagerly awaiting this Jet ConneX installation approval and has told us about their desire to have a powerful global high-speed Wi-Fi solution for their principals,” said Kurt Weidemeyer, vice president of business aviation at Inmarsat. Adding, “Many are heavy users of Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband solution and are happy with the service reliability but are now looking to upgrade to a next-generation network that is fast enough to handle the demands of today’s applications.”
Honeywell is the exclusive provider of JetWave hardware and played an integral role in supporting the Gulfstream G550 STC. Honeywell worked with Gulfstream to integrate the JetWave hardware into the existing G550 architecture. Warren Nechtman, vice president of connected aircraft systems at Honeywell, credited the Gulfstream team, saying: “the real credit goes to the Gulfstream team who worked expeditiously to bring Jet ConneX to their customers. They did it in record time.”