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Honeywell and Inmarsat Complete First Phase of GX Aviation Flight Tests

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Paving the way for a new era of inflight wireless connectivity similar to what is available at home or in the office, Honeywell Aerospace and Inmarsat have successfully completed the first phase of hardware and satellite network flight tests for GX Aviation broadband services.

Honeywells JetWave-branded hardware enables airplanes to connect to Inmarsats Global Xpress satellite constellation for GX Aviation global Ka-band in-flight Wi-Fi services.

The tests, which included streaming YouTube videos and live radio, online conference calls, downloading files and more, were conducted in the U.K. earlier this month validating GX Aviations ability to deliver high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity while over land and water.

The tests demonstrated a successful connection between the JetWave hardware and Inmarsats first Global Xpress satellite, I-5 F1, which powers GX Aviation services for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

The tests follow the ground-based high-speed and performance tests completed in March 2015.

We are on the cusp of a new era of connectivity in the skies, and the successful testing of our JetWave hardware with Inmarsats GX Aviation network is a critical step in getting this service ready for public use, said Jack Jacobs, vice president of Safety and Connectivity at Honeywell Aerospace. Airlines, passengers and pilots continue to demand better, more consistent and faster in-flight Wi-Fi to make their jobs easier and travel experience better. The successful results of the recent tests signify that Honeywell and Inmarsat will soon satisfy these demands.

Inmarsat Aviation president Leo Mondale, added, Everyone is talking about the connected aircraft or e-enabled aircraft until now this has just been a vision because no one has had access to a true fast internet service. GX Aviation changes all that. We will set the standards for broadband in the sky.

Honeywell, Inmarsat and iDirect staff are working very closely to bring GX to market.

This is the coming together of the first part of the eco-system. Next step is announcing our line-fit arrangements. And we will be  tanding behind our value added reseller partners to support them to meet the needs of their airline customers, ensuring airlines have a choice of service providers to meet their individual needs for in the cabin, Mondale added.

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