FTS announces EASA STC for Xstream inflight Wi-Fi on A320


A passenger using an iPad on an aircraft.FTS says its Xstream inflight Wi-Fi streaming system has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the Airbus A320 family of aircraft.

The FTS Xstream hardware qualification on Myanmar Airways’ International aircraft was achieved following collaboration with its engineering and certification partner and after conducting multiple rigorous trials aboard an Airbus A319 test aircraft.

FTS says the certification validates the reliability and safety compliance of the onboard hardware in meeting stringent EASA standards and paves the way for the rollout of FTS Xstream systems for global airlines.

The Xstream inflight wireless entertainment and connectivity system is completely designed and manufactured in-house within FTS.

The system features a high-performance 2-MCU embedded file server, two wireless access points that support the latest 802.11AC WiFi standard and a 3G/4G cellular modem that takes up to four sim cards.

Onboard wireless

Passengers can connect to the onboard wireless network through their own mobile devices and enjoy streaming HD-quality video and audio entertainment, play single/multiplayer games, read the latest news, view 2D/3D flight progress maps and shop.

Rich Salter, CTO of FTS based in the California, USA office, said: “I am proud of the team’s achievement in attaining the EASA STC.

Our software teams have also been hard at work to get the software platform ready for the commercial launch onboard, integrating ancillary revenue generating services and a payment processing gateway.

By next year, the Xstream product family will be further boosted with the addition of Ku- and Ka-band HTS satellite connectivity and in-seat wireless smart display solutions as our customers demand a viable product upgrade path with smooth transitions”.

FTS had previously announced launch airline customers in Asia and North America within the company’s first year.

In parallel with the EASA STC, FTS is also pursuing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) STC on Boeing aircraft models, which is expected to be awarded in September 2017.

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FTS announces EASA STC for Xstream inflight Wi-Fi on A320 was last modified: July 12th, 2017 by Steve Nichols
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