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Big hand for Honeywell?s Ovation Select

8th October 2008 - 01:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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GALVANISED no doubt by the runaway success of Rockwell Collins’ Venue lightweight, HD-capable cabin network, Honeywell is fighting back at this week’s NBAA show with a new version of its Ovation range.

Successor to the first-generation Ovation C and all-digital Ovation C, Ovation Select is designed to deliver HD-quality video in the cabin. “Ovation Select brings to business jets the same high-definition experience that people have at home,” says Bill Rowell, Honeywell’s manager of technical sales for cabin management systems.

Capabilities of the Ethernet-based system include 1080p-standard HD video, surround-sound audio, interfaces for passenger devices, including iPods, MP3 players and HD gaming consoles, and full integration with air-to-ground connectivity. Like its predecessors, Ovation Select also supports management of the cabin environmental systems, including mood lighting, heating and windows. Passengers can control these functions through touchscreens on the full-size IFE monitors, wall-mounted personal control units, and wireless handheld remotes.

Entertainment and information options include Honeywell’s JetMap moving-map system, which serves up high-resolution 3D terrain and US street-level maps, plus news, weather, sport and business updates.

Honeywell partnered with Rosen Aviation (widescreen HD technology) and Alto Aviation (high-quality audio) to develop its latest Ovation. The system is due to be commercially available by late next year.

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