January 22, 2016 – The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted the first certification approval for Honeywell Aerospace’s JetWave wireless in-flight connectivity system to be installed in an aircraft. This initial approval is specifically for the Boeing 757, but the approval simplifies the path for US government approval for the use of JetWave hardware on other aircraft types.
JetWave is the exclusive hardware for aircraft to connect to Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) network, the only high-speed broadband satellite network spanning the globe that will provide fast, seamless and reliable connectivity over both land and water.
The certification of 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.
“The ability to connect with others is not a luxury anymore; it’s an expectation of both passengers and pilots alike,” said Jack Jacobs, vice president of safety and connectivity at Honeywell Aerospace. “This first commercial certification for Honeywell’s JetWave hardware is a leap forward in making the system available commercially and accelerating access to reliable and fast connectivity for airlines and passengers traveling across the world.”
Leo Mondale, president of Inmarsat Aviation added, “The entry into service of GX Aviation this year will mark an important turning point, allowing passengers in the air to browse the Internet, download files and watch videos online, just as they would on the ground. The certification of Honeywell’s JetWave hardware is a key milestone in the program and we congratulate our partner on this achievement.”