Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has signed a services agreement with Safran Engineering Services to make satellite communications solutions available on more helicopter airframes and for more operators around the world. Using a newly certified satellite technology, Honeywell’s High Data Rate allows for robust data transmissions through the rotor wash.
Under terms of the agreement, Safran Engineering Services will provide design engineering, certification services and installation program management associated with the Aspire® 200 Satellite Communications System installation on various rotorcraft platforms. Safran Engineering Services will provide end-to-end service to obtain FAA, EASA and potentially other foreign authority certifications, including engineering and certification development, conformity rotorcraft identification, “touch labor” installation, and performance of all required ground and flight testing.
To date, Safran Engineering Services has assisted Honeywell in obtaining both FAA and EASA supplemental type certificates (STC) for the Aspire 200 IG System on the AW139 platform. Future FAA and EASA STC plans include the following platforms: S-92, AS332, UH-60/S-70, S-76, B-412, B-429, AS365, Mi-8/17, NH-90 and B-525.
The Aspire 200 system and its High Data Rate software package can transmit more data faster than any other L-band system. No matter what the mission — EMS, law enforcement, oil and gas, search and rescue, VIP, or military and government — the Aspire 200 system provides an always-on high-speed data connection.