Posted on: 22 October 2014 by Ross McSweeny
Jet ConneX aviation services for business aircraft, which will use Inmarsat’s worldwide Ka-band network, Global Xpress, is set to be available during the first half of 2015 through Honeywell’s distribution partner network of in-flight connectivity providers, including Gogo Business Aviation, OnAir, Rockwell Collins, Satcom1 and Satcom Direct.
Inmarsat partner Honeywell is responsible for the development and production of JetWave avionics, which enables aircraft to connect to Inmarsat’s Global Xpress satellites using satellite terminals. Honeywell’s schedule is on course for the development of the terminals, which has started the RTCA (Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics) DO 160 testing and qualification phase. Completion of this phase is a key milestone because it demonstrates the ability of the JetWave terminals to operate in aviation’s demanding environmental conditions. This is a key component for securing the FAA approval required to integrate with and operate on aircraft.
Jet ConneX will enter the business aviation market once the remaining two Inmarsat-5 Global Xpress satellites (F2 and F3) have been launched into orbit, following the successful launch of the first satellite (Inmarsat-5 F1) back in December 2013. However, Jet ConneX will also be complemented by Inmarsat’s Classic Aero and SwiftBroadband services, which operate over the Inmarsat-3 and 4 generation satellites, for safety services and extra resilience.
It will provide up to 50 mbps, giving passengers the ability to conduct video-streaming or to replicate an office experience in the sky. Jet ConneX can also be used by the flight and cabin crew to make flights as efficient and comfortable as possible.
Bombardier Business aircraft has signed a forward fit agreement for Jet ConneX aviation services from 2016.