EAD Aerospace Expands STC Portfolio for GX Installation

EAD Aerospace’s Satcom Universal Mounting System (SUMS). Image via EAD Aerospace

APEX Insight: Thanks to multiple new supplemental type certificates, EAD Aerospace is now certified to install Honeywell’s JetWave hardware on most Airbus aircraft types with the help of its unique Satcom Universal Mounting System.

EAD Aerospace, an Eclipse company, has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from EASA to install Honeywell’s JetWave hardware on Airbus A330-200, A330-300, A340-200 and A340-300 aircraft. Installation of this hardware provides the aircraft with access to Inmarsat’s GX Aviation service. Marc Pinault, CEO of Eclipse, commented, “By receiving these new STCs, Eclipse & EAD Aerospace are proud to achieve a new milestone as one of the leading distributors of Inmarsat airtime services.”

The news follows EAD Aerospace’s announcement that it was granted an STC for JetWave installation onboard A320 family aircraft (both CEO and NEO configurations, excepting the A318) in April of this year. The hardware can also be deployed on Boeing 777 aircraft.

The latest STC is an EASA Approved Model List Supplemental Type Certificate (AML-STC) which uses the latest generation of EAD Aerospace’s Satcom Universal Mounting System (SUMS) to install the JetWave hardware.

Since EAD Aerospace’s SUMS solution was introduced to the market in 2014, it has undergone many updates which “led to a significant international uptake of this STC and modkit in the airline and VIP transport industries,” says EAD sales director Patrick Gindre.

Features of the SUMS include a lightweight single machined baseplate for all single- and wide-body aircraft and a floating, four-part skirt that can be removed without removal of the radome. Both were designed to reduce complexity and improve the efficiency of satcom maintenance.

The company is currently finalizing a Boeing 747 SUMS STC.