EAD Aerospace, an Eclipse company, has received final EASA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the Inmarsat GX fuselage-mounted satcom antenna installation on the Airbus A319 CEO, A320 CEO and NEO, A321 CEO and NEO.
The technology is already installed on an Airbus A319 model aircraft and the STC covers the entire family of Airbus A320 aircraft, with the exception of the A318.
The A319 NEO model will also be covered once the EASA Type Certificate Data Sheets (TCDS) of the aircraft are known.
The STC is for the latest generation of the EAD Aerospace Satcom Universal Mounting System (SUMS), designed and manufactured in France.
The SUMS mounting system supports the Honeywell fuselage-mounted GX antenna and radome.
SUMS kits and related STCs have now been selected by five airlines for Inmarsat GX installations.
Currently, close to one hundred SUMS-installed aircraft are flying around the world.
SUMS has been installed and certified on the A319, A330, A340, B777-200, B777-300 and is now fully installable on A320, A321 CEO and NEO aircraft.
GX Aviation offers uninterrupted high-speed connectivity worldwide, powered by the Global Xpress (GX) Ka-band satellite network, owned and managed by Inmarsat.
Back in early 2017 Eclipse set up a new JetWave system lab in Paris to support customers using the new Ka-band Inmarsat GX Aviation inflight connectivity system.
This was prompted by the delivery of Honeywell JetWave hardware to a customer and the pending activation of its first GX customer via its joint venture, AERO-SATCOM.
Eclipse says it has had a well-appointed satcom lab for many years with all of the latest equipment, where it has hosted many of its customers as they evaluate system performance, develop new applications and conduct systems integration testing.