The FAA has granted Supplemental Type Certification (STC) to Honeywell Aerospace’s JetWave wireless in-flight connectivity for installation on 757 aircraft.
After more than 180 flight hours carried out on Honeywell’s 757 test aircraft, the hardware can now be used to connect to Inmarsat’s GlobalXpress network of Ka-band satellite services.
Honeywell also said the awarding of the STC could pave the way for approvals on more aircraft.
“The ability to connect with others is not a luxury anymore; it’s an expectation of both passengers and pilots alike,” said Jack Jacobs, vice-president of safety and connectivity at Honeywell Aerospace.
“This first certification for Honeywell’s JetWave hardware is a leap forward in making the system available commercially.”