Honeywell and Thales Avionics UK (Stands E816 and W420) have completed flight testing their HS-702 high speed data system, bringing 128 bit data connections a step closer.

The two companies are determined to increase the speed of data, fax and voice connections on board aircraft beyond the current 64kbps rate.

Timothy Swords, Honeywell cabin management, says: "While many users have been extremely happy with our HS-700 and its 64kbps capability, the HS-702 will support higher connection rates and allow business travellers to work more efficiently in the cabin."

Paul Kahn, managing director of Thales Avionics UK, adds: "The HS-702 will allow increased bandwidth for network or PC users, simultaneous network connectivity and videoconferencing which has now been demonstrated to a number of potential customers."

Flight testing aboard Honeywell's Cessna Citation V, based in Phoenix, Arizona, included Inmarsat approval of the HS-702 unit leading to Federal Aviation Administration supplemental type approval of the installation.

Source: Flight Daily News