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Honeywell introduces Aspire 150 and 350

29th March 2018 - 16:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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Honeywell has introduced new Aspire 150 and 350 satellite communications systems to provide better connectivity to civil helicopter operators, the company announced on 26 March.

With Aspire 150 and 350, pilots will be able to maintain up-to-date information throughout their flight path and operators can use this connected aircraft technology for global high-speed connectivity.

Both new Aspire systems, which have an embedded router to help reduce weight, provide Iridium Certus services, Iridium's next-generation communications platform, on the new Iridium NEXT network. Iridium NEXT will complete its launch in 2018 and replace the existing Iridium network to meet the growing demand for global mobile communications.

Aspire 350 also supports global Future Air Navigation System datalink for pilots to take advantage of preferred routing worldwide and satellite voice capabilities. It features a separate modem and antenna for safety services. Operators can also install a second Honeywell satellite communications solution with the Aspire 350. The system does not have to wait for the Iridium Certus network to operate; it can provide safety services over the current network, so operators don't need to wait for the Iridium NEXT safety certification.

The Aspire 150 offers operators with high-speed cockpit and cabin connectivity without the costs associated with installing a Ku- or Ka-band system. The coverage area extends to the polar regions.

Both Aspire 150 and Aspire 350 can operate as standalone products to provide high-speed cabin connectivity to smaller aircraft, or side-by-side operation with other cabin connectivity solutions.

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