Honeywell And GDC Technics To Deliver JetWave Avionics For Boeing And Airbus Jets
August 10, 2017
DUBAI United Arab Emirates, Dec. 8,2014 – Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) has signed an agreementwith San Antonio-based aircraft modification center GDC Technics to bring theHoneywell JetWave™ satellite communications system to in-service Boeing andAirbus business and commercial airplanes.
JetWave is Honeywell’s brand name for its range of satellite connectivity hardware thatexclusively supports Inmarsat’s forthcoming Jet ConneX (JX)Wi-Fi service*. When it comes online early in the second half of 2015 theservice will bring consistent, high speed in-flight Wi-Fi to aircraft acrossthe globe over both land and sea.
GDC Technics will developSupplemental Type Certificates (STC) for Honeywell’s JetWave hardware on Boeingand Airbus aircraft, including those in Boeing Business Jet, Airbus CorporateJet and Commercial configuration, enabling it to install the equipment on theaircraft.
“Through this agreement with GDCTechnics, Boeing and Airbus operators will soon be able to easily upgrade theiraircraft with one of the most advanced and capable in-flight connectivitysystems on the market,” said Mike Beazley, vice president Global Sales,Business and General Aviation, Honeywell Aerospace. “Jet ConneX will bring highspeed, consistent global in-flight internet connectivity via Wi-Fi to thecockpit and cabin and we expect to see significant demand for the technology,particularly for long haul commercial and VIP planes.”
GDC Technics will develop JetWaveSTCs 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 beable to turn to GDC Technics for JetWave hardware installation on theiraircraft, while GDC Technics will also market the STCs to other completioncenters.
Via the Inmarsat JX service Honeywell’s JetWave is capable ofdelivering broadband speeds similar to those that people experience in theirhomes and offices, allowing passengers to video-conference, send and receivelarge files and stream high quality television and movies while on the move. Itwill also allow operators to stream more data between the ground and theaircraft, improving operational efficiency and reducing maintenance costs.
“High speed, consistentin-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 ofStates and Commercial air transport aircraft around the world unprecedented levels of connectivity,” said MohammedAlzeer, GDC Technics General Partner. “In today’s always-on society the abilityto stay connected while in the air is fast becoming an expectation rather thana nice-to-have, making the JetWave hardware from Honeywell and JX service fromInmarsat an important differentiator for operators.”
Notes to Editors
GDCTechnics is a seasoned aircraft modification center based out of San Antonio,Texas. Holding multiple approvals including FAA and EASA 145 approvals and aDesign Organization Approval (DOA). GDC is also certified to ISO 9001, AS9100and AS9110 quality management systems. It is leading the industry in modifyingnext generation aircraft such as the B787. (www.gdctechnics.com)
* Jet ConneX (JX) is Inmarsat’s new brand name for its GXAviation-based business aviation connectivity service - the first in-flightconnectivity service capable of delivering a consistent home and officeexperience to passengers around the world, regardless of whether they areflying over land or sea.
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