Honeywell connected helicopter capabilities were front and center when the Arista Hawk made its highly anticipated debut at this year’s Army Aviation Association of America (Quad A) Mission Solutions Summit, April 25-27, in Nashville.
Honeywell conducted several customer demonstrations on the ground with rotors spinning with the converted Army UH-60 Black Hawk, giving customers a chance to experience all the benefits off the Honeywell Aspire 200 satellite communications system.
Honeywell demonstrated the speed and reliability of the Aspire 200 system by enabling passengers to connect to internet, send and receive streaming video and use the Facetime application to “phone a friend.”
“Quad A gave us a wonderful opportunity to show all the capabilities of the Aspire 200 system, 36-150 APU and our Sky Connect Tracker III technology for the Black Hawk,” said Rob Richardson, Honeywell Customer Business Manager for helicopters. “Arista is converting these Army surplus helicopters for use in a wide range of government, homeland security, firefighting and other utility missions. For these kinds of uses, operators want and need the kind of connectivity that only Honeywell can provide.”
Arista Aviation is extending the service life of UH-60 helicopters acquired from the Army or already in commercial use. Honeywell provides a new auxiliary power unit for the Arista Black Hawk to increase power, improve reliability and reduce cost of operation.
The Aspire 200 is the ideal satellite communications system for helicopter operations. It’s the first SATCOM system to overcome the challenge of rotor blades interrupting and slowing communications from helicopters. With the high data rate (HDR) software upgrade, the Aspire 200 gives operators the fastest-available helicopter connectivity solution.