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Leading aviation engineering companies team up to form the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance


A group of significant players in the aviation industry are cooperating to form a new alliance in the field of aircraft modification. As leading companies in the retrofit industry, Etihad Airways Engineering, EAD Aerospace, Lufthansa Technik and Envoy Aerospace have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to form the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance (IAMA).

IAMA aims to encourage aircraft owners and operators to modify and modernise their fleets through high quality equipment and rigorous inspections, irrespective of which IAMA members provide the engineering services.

Aircraft modifications, such as the installation of new cabins, connectivity solutions or avionics systems can be approved and documented through a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) offered by providers such as the IAMA members. The alliance addresses customer concerns with regard to documentation, data availability and a worldwide customer support network across different regulatory systems with various national authorities.

The main objectives of the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance are to agree to common standards for the documentation and quality of Supplemental Type Certificates, to establish an open, secure documentation platform for airline customers and aircraft owners using STCs, and to inform the relevant public and expert communities about the advantages of STC approved solutions.

Bernhard Randerath, Vice President Design, Engineering and Innovation of Etihad Airways Engineering said: « This alliance is a positive step towards addressing the challenges that customers face with STC solutions today. As the Middle East’s largest MRO, we use OEM solutions, however, Etihad is renowned for innovation and applying our own STC modifications. We believe that OEMs will also benefit from becoming members of IAMA, which is open to all modification providers.« 

Our customers need seamless solutions and efficient support during implementation and most importantly in service afterwards. STCs are a fast, cost efficient way to provide modifications, and IAMA is a promising approach to address the critical points of documentation simplicity and continued after-sales support.

Thomas Rueckert, Head of Base Maintenance and Aircraft Modification at Lufthansa Technik, said: « We enable aircraft operators to decide objectively and independently on the best possible modification solution for their fleet – regardless of a specific provider. Safety, flexibility of solutions for implementation of customer requests, along with speed and efficiency are at the heart of our activities.« 

« In addition, value retention and reliable life cycle support are essential factors for aircraft operators and owners. IAMA jointly develop transparent standards that will help our customers make the right decisions,” adds Andreas Gherman, Head of the Design Organisation at Lufthansa Technik.« 

Patrick Gindre, Sales Director of EAD Aerospace says: “The aftermarket modifier ecosystem needed a “home” to discuss our challenges, best practices and to improve our services by delivering a common message to the market. Together, we have the objective to shape the future of the STC in the aviation world”.

Romain Mbwang Seppoh, Head of Airworthiness at EAD Aerospace adds: « The retro fit market has specific challenges to be handled with customers and operators in terms of organisation and mandatory exchange of data. IAMA will be a collaborative and knowledgeable reference and voice to regulators and standardisation committees regarding how STCs efficiently fulfil these obligations. Being in the heart of the activity, IAMA tackle those challenges daily. The alliance will foster proportionate and adapted regulations, and jointly develop and provide the optimal tools to its members.

We are excited to be a part of IAMA,” said Adrian Honer, partner and ODA Lead Administrator at Envoy Aerospace, LLC.  “The affiliation will provide our members with a significant voice to resolve issues that affect retrofit certification approvals.  Our involvement in IAMA reflects our commitment to our customers, present and future, to be a leader in retrofit aircraft certification quality.

Marilyn Feigl, partner and ODA Administrator at Envoy Aerospace adds: “Retrofit modifications on aircraft have unique challenges.  IAMA will offer its members mentorship and counselling to deal with these challenges, especially when dealing with regulatory agencies and the industry at large.  This will help raise the certification standards to ensure the highest quality STC products.

The launch meeting of the IAMA is scheduled for spring 2019. The Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance is open to all market participants including aircraft manufacturers, airlines, suppliers and lessors. Founding members of the alliance believe that a strong and transparent retrofit market will benefit everyone. Members of the alliance work together to offer a transparent, distinct and independent market for aircraft retrofits, providing greater choice for operators and added value for the aviation industry.

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For more information, please contact:
Sylvain THOMAS • Eclipse & EAD Aerospace Communications Officer

Tel: + 33 48 50 71 89
Email: sylvain.thomas[@]

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We’d like to welcome you at our Stand (#2D50) at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2019 in Hamburg (Germany, 2-4 April 2019), the international showcase for aircraft solutions and equipment.

Eclipse and EAD Aerospace – an Eclipse company – will be highlighting our ongoing work in provisioning high bandwidth Ku/Ka band aircraft equipment, air-to-ground connectivity solution, satellite airtime provisioning, and facilitating passenger and crew connectivity via our airborne and ground-based network design expertise.

Drop by to learn more about our brand new Ka-Band connectivity Bundle, expressly designed for wide and narrow-body jets.

You can also learn more about :

• Satcom Universal Mounting System (SUMS) antenna installation solution, designed by EAD Aerospace
• Aero+ Flexibility, the latest application dedicated to onboard network management developed by Eclipse
• Bespoke connectivity solutions for airlines
• L-band Satcom Hardware
• Ka, Ku and L-band airtime services provisioning
• Applications developed by Eclipse offering additional services : onboard network management, VoIP, bonding…
• Our multiple certification capabilities (EASA, FAA…)
• A showcase of our latest projects

See you in Hamburg !

Want to make an appointment?  Contact us here.

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The system, targeted at VIP and Government wide and narrow-body aircraft, comes with a complimentary connectivity system consultation.

Paris, France – December 11, 2018 – Eclipse Group is the only company in the world offering a cabin connectivity bundle specifically for VIP and Government wide-and narrow-body aircraft. The Inmarsat Ka-band Connectivity Bundle comprises all the equipment and STCs required to install Honeywell’s JetWave™ Ka-band system, and includes the Eclipse Aero+ Software Suite, and Satcom Universal Mounting System (SUMS)—two key elements not offered by any other company.

“We’ve long recognized that VIP and Head of State aircraft are extremely demanding and a fully-working solution must be delivered the first time,” said Eclipse CEO, Marc Pinault. “Not only do the aircraft have varying missions, individual passengers have different telephony and internet access needs; and of course, onboard network security is key. This is why Eclipse Group is offering a complimentary system requirements consultation. Adding connectivity to a large aircraft is complex and we want to help operators, installers and maintainers to get a better understanding of the requirements and outcomes for the aircraft and passengers.”

The solution gives large aircraft operators a complete broadband connectivity system with the added ability to control the onboard network. The solution helps reduce costs, both in terms of inflight connectivity and maintenance.

The Aero+ Software Suite offers a broad spectrum of apps that deliver important capabilities : onboard bandwidth allocation and prioritization, onboard network security, VoIP, video conference, aggregation, optimization, payment portal for passengers.

The SUMS antenna installation kit is lightweight and requires fewer holes in the fuselage. This means a streamlined installation and lower maintenance requirements, again saving time and money. SUMS is a proven solution having been installed on more than 90 aircraft.

“Through our EAD Aerospace division, we’ve developed SUMS”, notes Marc Pinault. “This antenna mounting system has an incredibly low impact on the aircraft fuselage—an important factor for leased aircraft. In addition, we have a broad range of STCs for many popular VIP and government aircraft types such as the A320 family, A330 and A340, plus the B777 and B747.”

This world exclusive Bundle is all backed by 24/7 support and complies with the highest aviation security standards.

A leading distributor of Inmarsat airtime services, Eclipse Group offers a single source solution for the Inmarsat GX Aviation network and next generation of inflight connectivity.

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About Eclipse & EAD Aerospace Group

Eclipse & EAD Aerospace design and deliver complete, modular connectivity solutions specifically tailored for aviation. Eclipse and EAD, a division of Eclipse are aviation communications systems pioneers. Their connectivity, STC and design experts understand the pressures of delivering solutions to aviation operators, including VIP, military and government aircraft operators. Headquartered in Paris, France with offices in London, UK and Chicago, USA, for more than 26 years, Eclipse & EAD Aerospace have delivered connectivity solutions to a broad range of exacting aircraft operators.

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EBACE 2018 : Focus on Aero+ Flexibility


Following a very successful Aircraft Interiors Expo earlier this year where the focus was airline solutions, Eclipse and EAD Aerospace – an Eclipse company – attended EBACE (29-31 May) in Geneva, providing insight into our Business Aviation-focused solutions.

The EBACE opening day was the perfect opportunity to announce new STCs for our Satcom Universal Mounting System (SUMS) solution for A330-200/300 and A340-200/300 families… with more to come!

As EBACE is focused on business aviation, we demonstrated Aero+ Flexibility, a new airborne network management software developed by Eclipse. Aero+ Flexibility dynamically manages bandwidth for Ka/Ku-band satcom systems, processes credit card payments for internet usage, ensures the security of the connection and optimize the IP bandwidth. This unique capability is helping our customers optimize the usage of newer, higher bandwidth Ka/Ku-band satcom systems.

During the show, Inmarsat announced their intent to deploy European Aviation Network (EAN) for the business aviation market. In addition to this, EAD Aerospace highlighted our EAN hardware solution and its associated STCs and modkits. Developed by Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom, EAN combines satellite coverage and air-to-ground network all over the 28 pan-European countries.

Eclipse and EAD Aerospace were proud to exhibit all of these innovations which will bring the passengers and operators to a new era of connectivity and managed services !

We also would like to thank our partners, customers and friends who came at our booth for a chat (and a coffee !) : we hope to see you all again soon !

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Press Release : New SUMS STCs


Paris, France • May 29, 2018
PRESS RELEASE : A330-200/300 and A340-200/300 added to SUMS family of Satcom STC’s

Having received the EASA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for a Honeywell JetWave™ installation earlier this month for the A319, A320/A321 NEO & CEO series aircraft, EAD Aerospace, an Eclipse company, has now also achieved an EASA STC for the A330-200/300 and A340-200/300 families.

This 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 is developed, designed and manufactured in France since 2014 for various aircraft types including A319, A320, A321, A330, A340, B777, and B747 (coming soon).

« 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. » said Marc Pinault, CEO of Eclipse/EAD Aerospace.

This solution provides the customer with access to the Inmarsat GX Aviation service, offering high-speed in-flight connectivity to the passengers via their wireless devices.

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Coming soon : EBACE 2018


Eclipse and EAD Aerospace – an Eclipse company – will attend European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) 2018.
The event will take place in Geneva, Switzerland (29-31 May).

We will focus on our newest airborne connectivity solutions (L, Ku and Ka band), including Aero+ Flexibility, a Ku/Ka Satcom airborne network management software developed by Eclipse and specifically designed for the business aviation market.

And, of course, the Eclipse – EAD Aerospace team will be happy to answer your questions related to our satcom hardware, airtime provisioning, airborne applications, delivery/support and Part21 services for business aviation.
Visit us booth X101 (Palexpo) !

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EBACE 2018 official website

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Aircraft Interiors Expo 2018 : busy days !


Eclipse and EAD Aerospace, an Eclipse company, had a very busy, productive and fun three days in Hamburg, the busiest year ever for our team at this event !

The Eclipse/EAD Aerospace stand was in the IFEC Zone at Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX), which is focused on the passenger entertainment and connectivity experience. We had many fruitful dialogues with airline and business aviation industry players concerning how to benefit from onboard broadband connectivity, which is today a must-have for passengers today. Of primary interest from the EAD Aerospace team was the complexities of aircraft modification and the Eclipse team addressed the end user experience on the aircraft.

Aircraft Modification :  EAD Aerospace highlighted the Satcom Universal Mounting Solution (SUMS), an STC and modkits specifically designed for the Honeywell JetWave fuselage mounted antenna which has already received multiple EASA STCs : A319, A320, A321, A330, A340, B777… and even more to come !

Passenger Experience :  Aero+ Flexibility, a modular software exclusively developed by Eclipse, also received a lot of interest due to the ability to dynamically manage bandwidth for Ka/Ka-band satcom systems, process credit card payments for internet usage, ensure the security of the connection and optimize the IP bandwidth. Of particular interest during the dialogues was the ability to customize this tool to meet the functional and aesthetic requirements of each customer.

We are very grateful to our partners, customers, new prospects and visitors who joined us in Hamburg : we look forward to moving forward all of the productive dialogues that took place !

If you want to see us at EBACE 2018, stay connected : we will publish all the details related to our presence very soon.

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New STC for A319, A320, A321 NEO & CEO


EAD Aerospace, an Eclipse company, has received the final EASA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for Inmarsat GX fuselage satcom antenna installation on Airbus A319 CEO, A320 CEO and NEO, A321 CEO and NEO.

The technology is already installed on an Airbus A319 model aircraft ; this 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 is known.

This STC is using the latest generation of EAD Aerospace Satcom Universal Mounting System (SUMS), designed and manufactured in France. SUMS kits and related STCs have been selected by five stars airlines for Inmarsat GX installations. Currently, close to one hundred SUMS installed aircrafts are flying around the world permitting passengers to enjoy high bandwidth connectivity everywhere around the globe.

SUMS has been installed and certified on 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 Global Xpress (GX), the world’s first global Ka-band satellite network, owned and managed by a single operator, Inmarsat.

GX Aviation gives to passengers a seamless experience and provides airlines the confidence to launch new services driving commercial value.

For more details about SUMS, please click here :

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Eclipse & EAD Aerospace at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2018


Aircraft Interiors Expo 2018 is an international showcase for aircraft solutions and equipment. The event will take place at Hamburg (Germany, 10-12 April 2018).

Eclipse and EAD Aerospace – an Eclipse company – will be highlighting our ongoing work in provisioning high bandwidth Ku/Ka band aircraft equipment, air-to-ground connectivity solution, the distribution of associated satellite airtime and design of airborne networks to facilitate passenger connectivity.

Additional focusses for the event will be :

• Bespoke connectivity solutions for airlines
• L-band Satcom Hardware
• Ka, Ku and L-band airtime services provisioning
• Applications developed by Eclipse offering additional services : onboard network management, VoIP, bonding…
• Our multiple certification capabilities (EASA, FAA…)
• A showcase of our latest projects

Visit us booth #2D50 !

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New Agreement !


EAD Aerospace, an Eclipse company, has been awarded a new regulatory accreditation : FRA21G-017-DGA.

Following a very busy and successful 2017, EAD Aerospace, an Eclipse company, was recently awarded FRA21 G approval following an audit by the DGA General Directorate for Armament. Having obtained FRA21J (FRA21J-015-DGA) approval last year, EAD Aerospace is now able to perform complex design and certification work on French military aircraft, and in addition, deliver approved installation kits from their production facility.

As a 100% subsidiary of Eclipse, this new capability for EAD Aerospace complements the extensive experience that Eclipse has gained over many years providing innovative solutions to the Military, including integration, modification and 24/7 support work to French military aircraft and opens the door for this type of work with other militaries around the world.

The award of this new accreditation adds to the multiple civil certification capabilities offered by Eclipse and EAD Aerospace, including EASA, FAA, CAAC, ANAC and many others.

To download the Certificate, please click here (PDF).