EBACE: GDC highlights progress on multiple JetWave STCs

Honeywell MCS-8200 Ka-band antenna for Inmarsat's GX Aviation service.
Honeywell’s fuselage-mounted Ka-band MCS-8200 antenna for Inmarsat’s GX Aviation service.

The GDC Group says it has made “excellent progress” on the development of Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for the installation of the Honeywell’s Ka-Band JetWave hardware on different Boeing and Airbus aircraft.

The FAA/EASA STCs will be finalised during the 1st quarter of 2017 and the aircraft types that are involved include Boeing Business Jet, Airbus Corporate Jet and commercial configurations.

GDC is using its in-house engineering, manufacturing, installation and certifications capabilities to complete the work, the engineering and certifications will be carried by GDC Engineering in Munich Germany and the installation and final ground and flight test will be carried by GDC Technics in Fort Worth, Texas.


The first batch of JetWave STCs to be completed in 1st quarter 2017 will cover the following aircraft types:

  • The Boeing B747-300/400,
  • The Boeing 777-200/300,
  • The Boeing B737-600/700/900 (Boeing Business Jet I,II and III); and
  • The Airbus 320/319 (Airbus Corporate Jets).

The second batch of STCs will cover the Airbus A330/340 and will be completed by the third quarter of 2017.

The main features of Inmarsat’s GX include HDTV live streaming, advanced In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) and Office features, Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) telephony, Virtual Private Network (VPN), High Definition (HD) video conference, high-speed internet, social media and any internet-accessible applications.

Mohammed Alzeer, General Partner, GDC Technics, said: “Through the integration of the latest inflight connectivity capabilities GDC continues to demonstrate its commitment to innovation.

“In November 2014 we signed an agreement with Honeywell to develop STCs for the installation of the latest technology Ka-band capabilities on both Airbus and Boeing platforms and now we are on our way to fulfil our commitment to aircraft owners and to Honeywell.

“The Ka-band GX system delivers consistent in-flight worldwide streaming of HD IFE. This game-changing technology allows operators to experience the long-anticipated convenience of in-flight connectivity that is as good as at-home and in-office features.”

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