Honeywell Launches Aspire 400 for Inflight Connectivity (Multi-Video)

Aspire 400 Satellite Communications System SwiftBroadband Capabilities for Cockpit and Cabin
Aspire 400 Satellite Communications System SwiftBroadband Capabilities for Cockpit and Cabin

Honeywell’s newest satellite communications system, the Aspire 400, which provides aircraft flight crews and passengers with access to worldwide voice and data connectivity and provides pilots with critical cockpit safety services.

The compact and lightweight system for business jets and commercial or military aircraft provides connectivity to both the cockpit and the cabin simultaneously, which in turn results in safer, more efficient and more comfortable flights than previously possible.

Mark Goodman, product director, Honeywell Aerospace
Mark Goodman, product director, Honeywell Aerospace

“As pilot and passenger demand for data and services continues to grow, our latest satellite communications system delivers superior call quality, videoconferencing and the ability to stream content in a single system,” explains Mark Goodman, product director, Honeywell Aerospace.

“Plus, that system is more than 100 pounds lighter than comparable products.”

“Aspire 400 helps our customers deliver consistent communications through a secure connection while reducing aircraft downtime and delays.”

The first release of the Aspire 400 satellite communication system includes the operator’s choice of either an intermediate-gain or a high-gain antenna.

(Learn More. Honeywell’s Aspire 200 satellite communications brings high-speed, high-bandwidth capabilities to commercial and military helicopters worldwide. The High Data Rate (HDR) software package mitigates the impacts of the rotorblades on the satellite signal to and from the aircraft for a true broadband experience for pilots and passengers.. Courtesy of Honeywell Aviation and YouTube)

The system includes a satellite data unit, a configuration module, a high-power amplifier, and a diplexer/low noise amplifier.

The Aspire 400 provides connectivity to pilots and passengers alike through two independent SwiftBroadband channels and Inmarsat’s I-4 network.

Using Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband–Safety service, pilots have access to a separate, secure data channel for essential safety communications in the cockpit – like text messaging with air traffic control or in-flight tracking – as well as electronic flight bag applications.

Passengers can use the second channel for SwiftBroadband voice and data connectivity in the cabin.

(Learn More. The Aspire® 200 Satellite Communications System is Honeywell’s smallest Inmarsat SwiftBroadband system enabling simultaneous voice and data connectivity at rates up to 650kbps on all classes of aircraft. The Aspire 200 system can be installed with any of the Honeywell antennas to provide all classes of SwiftBroadband service. Courtesy of Honeywell Aviation and YouTube)

Aspire 400 is the newest addition to Honeywell’s line of Aspire satellite communications systems, providing access to voice and data communications around the world.

Passengers are able to use the second SwiftBroadband channel for voice and data capabilities in the cabin.

Exclusive to the innovative Aspire product family is the ability to install two different Aspire satcom systems on the same aircraft in “dual satcom” mode.

For instance, the Aspire 400 system can be installed together with Honeywell’s new Aspire 350 system to provide redundancy over multiple networks.

With the Aspire 400, pilots, flight crews and passengers can access Honeywell’s suite of GoDirect® software and apps, including GoDirect Cabin Connectivity.

This application controls connectivity services and usage, and can help operators save up to $100,000 per year.


The Aspire 400 system is also a quick and easy upgrade for legacy satcom systems like MCS-7000 or MCS-7200.

To learn more about the Aspire 400 as well as Honeywell’s full offering of connectivity solutions, visit Honeywell’s satellite communications page.