North America-based Flying Colours Corp has completed a retrofit of the Honeywell Primus Elite flight-deck for a Bombardier Global Express, along with installation of the Honeywell JetWave Ka-band system in an unusual two phase project.
The dual avionics upgrade successfully modernised the privately-owned Bombardier Global Express to enhance the crew’s situational awareness and add high-speed broadband, enabling powerful inflight connectivity capabilities for passengers.
“Timing was the biggest challenge for sure on this project,” said Kevin Kliethermes, director of sales for Flying Colours Corp. “Due to flight schedules, the project was broken into two separate events and required all team members to work in concert to be successful.” The work was completed at the company’s Peterborough, Ontario headquarters by the avionics team, which worked in close collaboration with Honeywell, Bombardier and its avionics colleagues at its Spirit of St. Louis facility in order to expedite the project within the challenging time frame.
Complementing the flight-deck upgrade Flying Colours handled the installation of the Honeywell Ka-band JetWave system with the Flying Colours avionics team mounted a new radome, tail antenna and the Honeywell JetWave hardware which when connected with Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX Ka-band network supplies the fastest broadband available for business aviation, the company claimed. The high-speed cabin WiFi delivers improved connectivity services enhancing the passenger experience. Video streaming, internet access, e-mailing, voice, cell phone usage and Honeywell’s GoDirect suite of apps, are now available from take-off to landing around the globe (not including the polar regions).