GDC Technics’ Supplemental Type Certificates to enable Boeing and Airbus aircraft to be retrofitted with Honeywell’s high speed JetWave® satellite connectivity hardware
Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) has signed an agreement with San Antonio-based aircraft modification center GDC Technics to bring the Honeywell JetWave satellite communications system to in-service Boeing and Airbus business and commercial airplanes.
JetWave is Honeywell’s brand name for its range of satellite connectivity hardware that exclusively supports Inmarsat’s forthcoming Jet ConneX (JX) Wi-Fi service*. When it comes online early in the second half of 2015 the service will bring consistent, high speed in-flight Wi-Fi to aircraft across the globe over both land and sea.
GDC Technics will develop Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for Honeywell’s JetWave hardware on Boeing and Airbus aircraft, including those in Boeing Business Jet, Airbus Corporate Jet and Commercial configuration, enabling it to install the equipment on the aircraft.
“Through this agreement with GDC Technics, Boeing and Airbus operators will soon be able to easily upgrade their aircraft with one of the most advanced and capable in-flight connectivity systems on the market,” said Mike Beazley, vice president Global Sales, Business and General Aviation, Honeywell Aerospace.
“Jet ConneX will bring high speed, consistent global in-flight internet connectivity via Wi-Fi to the cockpit and cabin and we expect to see significant demand for the technology, particularly for long haul commercial and VIP planes.”
GDC Technics will develop JetWave STCs for Airbus A319, A330 and A340 aircraft as well as the Boeing 737, 747, 777 and 787. Both commercial air transport and private jet operators will be able to turn to GDC Technics for JetWave hardware installation on their aircraft, while GDC Technics will also market the STCs to other completion centers.
Via the Inmarsat JX service Honeywell’s JetWave is capable of delivering broadband speeds similar to those that people experience in their homes and offices, allowing passengers to video-conference, send and receive large files and stream high quality television and movies while on the move. It will also allow operators to stream more data between the ground and the aircraft, improving operational efficiency and reducing maintenance costs.
“High speed, consistent in-flight Wi-Fi over land and sea is a technology game-changer for the industry; through this agreement with Honeywell we will soon be bringing to VIP, Heads of States and Commercial air transport aircraft around the world unprecedented levels of connectivity,” said Mohammed Alzeer, GDC Technics General Partner.
“In today’s always-on society the ability to stay connected while in the air is fast becoming an expectation rather than a nice-to-have, making the JetWave hardware from Honeywell and JX service from Inmarsat an important differentiator for operators.”
Notes to Editors
GDC Technics is a seasoned aircraft modification center based out of San Antonio, Texas. Holding multiple approvals including FAA and EASA 145 approvals and a Design Organization Approval (DOA). GDC is also certified to ISO 9001, AS9100 and AS9110 quality management systems. It is leading the industry in modifying next generation aircraft such as the B787. (www.gdctechnics.com)
* Jet ConneX (JX) is Inmarsat’s new brand name for its GX Aviation-based business aviation connectivity service - the first in-flight connectivity service capable of delivering a consistent home and office experience to passengers around the world, regardless of whether they are flying over land or sea.
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