Networking the Skies: Satellite Communications for Helicopter Operators

Honeywell is helping helicopter operators navigate the installation and operational challenges in deploying an onboard satellite communications system

Honeywell is helping helicopter operators navigate the installation and operational challenges in deploying an onboard satellite communications system.

The benefits of a connectivity system are many – real-time communication between the pilots and the ground; engine performance information sent to the maintenance department while in flight; and connectivity capabilities for the cabin.

Whether it’s a business executive staying in touch with the office, or an emergency medical technician relaying critical patient information to the hospital destination, the selection and installation of a satellite communications system for the unique environment of a helicopter can be challenging.

In a video series released in conjunction with the industry’s largest event, HELI-EXPO, Honeywell provides an overview of the dynamic and exciting market, and offers tips for selecting the right system for your mission requirements.

The first video, seen here, will layout the market and how important connectivity has become to the helicopter operator. Follow-on videos, which will be released in March, will focus on Honeywell’s satellite communications antenna solutions and how to choose the right system.

“The industry has grown accustomed to having high data rate connectivity in fixed wing. Now we're seeing cars being connected, for the first time ever the helicopter industry is going to have that high data rate connectivity utilizing our new technologies,” said Rick Angelo, director of strategic marketing, global commercial helicopters, at Honeywell Aerospace.

Honeywell has a vast portfolio of connectivity products for rotorcraft. From the Aspire 200 that brings high-speed data services to the aircraft, to the Sky Connect Tracker that enables real-time asset tracking for operators and paired with Health Usage and Monitoring Systems (HUMS) can provide critical engine performance data, Honeywell products cover the needs of the operator from nose to tail.

For more information about Honeywell’s helicopter satellite communications solutions, click here.