JetWave certification clears GX Aviation for takeoff


August 24, 2016 – Honeywell has been awarded final certification from Inmarsat for JetWave, its package of hardware that will allow passengers, operators, pilots and maintenance personnel to connect to GX Aviation. GX Aviation is a new in-flight broadband service from Inmarsat which offers a single network from a single provider and promises a consistent and fast service without drop-off, even when flying over oceans.

The final type approval certificate confirms that the system functions as designed and completes the process to bring GX Aviation to the aerospace market. The certification centers on operation in all environmental conditions with Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) satellite network of three satellites, which have already been launched and are said to be functioning.

JetWave has also been certified by the FAA and EASA for safety, environmental and installation standards.

“Inmarsat’s certification of our JetWave hardware means that customers don’t have to wait for a high-speed, global connectivity service. It’s available and ready for installation now,” said Carl Esposito, vice president of marketing and product management at Honeywell Aerospace. “A recent Honeywell survey found that 84% of travelers say that it is important to have an in-flight wi-fi experience identical to what they have at home or in the office, and airlines around the world will now be able to meet their customers’ demands with GX Aviation.”

Leo Mondale, president of Inmarsat Aviation added, “We are delighted with the performance of Honeywell’s JetWave terminals, which have been designed for ease of installation and maintenance to ensure the lowest downtime for any cabin connectivity solution in the market. This final certification is an essential part in opening the doors to this exciting new era of in-flight broadband, available to our customers anytime and anywhere, with absolutely no limits in terms of deployment to their fleets.”

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