Honeywell's Connected Aircraft satellite communications products and services are connecting a Bell 429 helicopter during Canada’s first helicopter flight around the world. The Canadian father-son team are using Honeywell’s Aspire 200 Wi-Fi system and GoDirect™ Cabin services to share their journey and stay connected from the air everywhere in the world, including over cities, mountains and oceans.
The C150 Global Odyssey team of Bob and Steven Dengler embarked on their trip July 1, 2017, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation. The Aspire 200 system, with its High-Data Rate software package, brings high-speed, high-bandwidth Wi-Fi capabilities to the helicopter. With Honeywell’s Aspire 200 and GoDirect™ Cabin, plus highly reliable data connectivity through Inmarsat’s global L-band satellite constellation throughout the tour, the team have Wi-Fi speeds of up to 350 Kbps per channel. These speeds will enable real-time uploads to social media, videoconferencing capabilities, and access to updated weather information along their journey.
“Honeywell has been a leader in aviation technology for more than 100 years, and has been connecting planes for 25 years. No one has more expertise than Honeywell when it comes to getting critical data on and off an aircraft and making flights safer and more efficient,” said Warren Nechtman, vice president, Connected Aircraft Systems, Honeywell Aerospace. “This is why we’re happy to sponsor the C150 Global Odyssey. Helicopter connectivity can be a challenge due to the rotor blades interrupting the satellite signal to and from the aircraft. Honeywell, in coordination with Inmarsat satellite technology, is overcoming that barrier with its Aspire 200 and GoDirect™ Cabin to make sure that the Denglers’ flight has consistent, high-speed connectivity from start to finish.”