With more and more connected devices carried by travellers aboard planes, installing next-generation in-flight Wi-Fi is essential for airlines with promising internet speeds as compared to home internet. However arrival of high speed Wi-Fi is only one part of technology revolution, which is expected to completely transform aircraft from cockpit to brakes. Leading manufacturer of engines, avionics and several other aviation products, Honeywell Aerospace showcased a glimpse of future by revealing its Boeing 757 test aircrafts at Love Field in Dallas, as a part of 26-city tour for visiting potential customers and clients.
Download Speeds reached 30 mbps During Demonstration of Honeywell’s JetWave Technology in Dallas
Crammed with more electronics as compared to seats, this demo aircraft depicts a mobile laboratory for technologies for making the ride more enjoyable and smoother for passengers. The company is also focusing on improving operational efficiency for airlines. After depending upon ground antenna for beaming signals to aircraft, airlines with their technology partners are now shifting toward satellite-based systems. These systems are expected to provide faster speeds and offer ability of streaming music and movies in-flight.
In 2016, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines and Fort Worth-based American Airlines struck deals for introducing faster satellite connectivity to huge portions of their aircrafts. Honeywell has made agreements with over 20 airlines for its JetWave technology, which offers hardware for receiving signals from satellite network, which is operated by Inmarsat. However Honeywell has not disclosed the names of these airlines. During company’s demonstration in Dallas, the system offered download speeds around 30 mbps.
Honeywell to Develop a Software to Maximise Fuel Efficiency and Minimise Turbulence
Along with faster speeds, minimised disruption to flow of data will be offered by Honeywell’s technology. This would be done by utilising receivers in JetWave modem for providing continuous coverage, even if the flight is over open water. Honeywell Aerospace is also working on development of a software, enabling optimisation of flight plans for adjusting aircraft’s position in order to maximise fuel efficiency and minimise turbulence. These technologies are likely to reduce fuel costs by 5% according to Honeywell, saving millions of dollars for huge airlines.
Largest commercial aircraft have thousands of sensors implemented, collectively generating huge amount of data. Aerospace manufacturers are focusing on new ways for capturing and using that data. Honeywell identifies maintenance as an imperative aspect. Currently, the technology focuses on extracting maintenance records, for a given aircraft or airline, into single system, that can further be navigated easily on a tablet. With increasing amount of data from aircraft, new possibilities will be realised for better predicting time of maintenance required for parts.