EAD Aerospace, an Eclipse company, is working with two MRO companies to develop EASA Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for Honeywell’s JetWave hardware for Inmarsat’s GX Aviation connectivity.
The STCs will cover installations on Airbus A320 family aircraft, A330, A340 and also Boeing 777. The current projects are all for undisclosed Middle Eastern customers.
The Honeywell JetWave MCS-8200 hardware supports Inmarsat’s latest high-speed Ka-band broadband GX Aviation inflight connectivity service.
EAD Aerospace says its SUMS (Satcom Universal Mounting System) approach to certification prioritises safety, flexibility and decreased weight.
Honeywell continues to progress the JetWave equipment installed on aircraft with recent successful flight tests having been performed in Europe. Satellite handovers and beam-to-beam transitions were successfully tested ahead of the commercial launch of the Inmarsat GX Aviation service.
The successful launch of the third Inmarsat-5 satellite late last year will see the global commercial launch of the GX Aviation service in the coming months.
Eclipse and EAD Aerospace says they are at the forefront of ensuring its partners and customers have the ability to install the equipment as soon as it is available and to begin using the service at the earliest opportunity.
Its SUMS (Satcom Universal Mounting System) is a complementary and evolutionary answer to existing installation solutions for large Ka- and Ku-band satcom antennas.
With minimal intrusion to the structure of the aircraft during installation, the EAD Aerospace SUMS solution will make removal of the antenna in the case of a leased airframe much easier.
Safety considerations have also been paramount in the design, in particular with the increasing cases of aircraft bird-strikes.
All STCs are being developed concurrently and the first is planned to be completed by the summer of 2016.
EAD Aerospace is currently in discussions with partners concerning STC development for other platforms and welcome interested parties to contact them directly with any requirements.