Honeywell’s advanced Connected Aircraft satellite communications products and services are connecting a Bell 429 helicopter during Canada’s first helicopter flight around the world.
The Canadian father-son team will use Honeywell’s Aspire 200 Wi-Fi system and GoDirect Cabin Connectivity services to share their planned 37-day journey and stay connected from the air everywhere in the world, including over cities, mountains and oceans.
The C150 Global Odyssey team of Bob and Steven Dengler embarked on their trip on July 1 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation. The tour kicked off at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa and will make more than 100 stops in 14 countries.
The Aspire 200 system brings high-speed, high-bandwidth Wi-Fi capabilities to the helicopter. With Honeywell’s Aspire 200 and GoDirect Cabin Connectivity, plus reliable data connectivity through Inmarsat’s global L-band satellite constellation throughout the tour, the team will experience Wi-Fi speeds of up to 350 Kbps per channel. These speeds will enable real-time uploads to social media, videoconferencing capabilities, and access to updated weather information along their journey.
Warren Nechtman, vice president, Connected Aircraft Systems, Honeywell Aerospace, said: “Helicopter connectivity can be a challenge due to the rotor blades interrupting the satellite signal to and from the aircraft. Honeywell, in coordination with Inmarsat satellite technology, is overcoming that barrier with its Aspire 200 and GoDirect Cabin Connectivity to make sure that the Denglers’ flight has consistent, high-speed connectivity from start to finish.”
Bob Dengler, pilot, C150 Global Odyssey, added: “Our biggest need for this journey is reliable, global service that provides consistent coverage anywhere in the world. Honeywell’s offering does that and more.”