EAD Aerospace, an Eclipse company, has achieved an EASA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its SUMS mounting system for the Airbus A330-200/300 and A340-200/300 families.
This follows news of an EASA STC for a Honeywell JetWave installation earlier this month for Inmarsat GX Aviation / JetConneX for the A319, A320/A321 NEO and CEO series aircraft.
This latest STC – which is also an EASA AML-STC (Approved Model List Supplemental Type Certificate) – is using the latest generation of EAD Aerospace Satcom Universal Mounting System (SUMS).
SUMS has been developed, designed and manufactured in France since 2014 for various aircraft types including A319, A320, A321, A330, A340, B777, and B747 (coming soon).
This STC adds to the family of STCs, which EAD Aerospace has been developing since 2014 for various aircraft types.
The company says SUMS 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 company says the SUMS solution will make removal of the antenna, in the case of a leased airframe, much easier.
Patrick Gindre, Sales Director with EAD Aerospace, said earlier: “SUMS is a very light and non-invasive installation. Its easy de-installation process also makes it attractive to lease companies who wish to retain the maximum value for their aircraft.
“Ka-Band connectivity enables the highest data rates available in airborne satcom and further growth in data is expected to occur in the coming decades.”
The enhanced connectivity provided by the Honeywell JetWave Ka-band system can interface with the existing local area network (LAN) on the aircraft.