Posted on: 17 August 2015 by Mark Howells
SITA OnAir and EAD Aerospace (an Eclipse company) are in the process of developing the first EASA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the retrofit of Inmarsat’s Ka-band broadband service, GX Aviation, on-board Boeing 777 series aircraft, on behalf of an undisclosed carrier.
“We have worked closely with EAD Aerospace on many STCs and I fully anticipate this will be a smooth process,” said Ian Dawkins, CEO of SITA OnAir. “In tandem, we are also working together to kick-start similar GX Aviation STCs on other aircraft types, including the A320 family.”
Marc Pinault, general manager of Eclipse, continued, “Our cooperation with OnAir is a good example of how the Eclipse acquisition of EAD Aerospace earlier this year allows our partners to benefit from Eclipse’s extensive background in satcom issues and EAD Aerospace’s Part 21 skills to ensure all variables relating to a satcom installation are taken into account when delivering an STC.”
The STC is expected to be completed in the first half of 2016. SITA OnAir is a key distribution partner for GX Aviation, which is set to provide 50 Mbps to the aircraft, giving passengers access to high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi.
The launch of the third and final GX Aviation satellite is scheduled for the end of August.