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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).

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EAD Aerospace Achieves JetWave EASA STC on A340 with GACA validation


EAD Aerospace, an Eclipse company, has delivered its first Honeywell JetWave EASA STC for an A340 VIP project in partnership with a leading Middle-Eastern MRO for an undisclosed final customer in the Middle East. This EASA STC has been validated by the GACA, the General Authority of Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia.

The aircraft was outfitted with a bespoke cabin connectivity VIP system and some of the latest technologies, including the fully operational Honeywell JetWave Ka-band system.

The solution provided is based on EAD Aerospace’s Satcom Universal Mounting System (SUMS) solution, which is also being used by EAD Aerospace partners for other STC projects including the A320, A330, B777 and B747 platforms for both airborne VIP and Airline connectivity.

Eclipse’s experience in providing turn-key airborne satcom solutions combined with EAD Aerospace’s long history of providing connectivity related STC’s proved invaluable in ensuring that all aspects of the first project were successfully delivered.

As one of the leading distributors of Inmarsat airtime services, Eclipse is proud to have been instrumental in enabling one of the first customers to use the Inmarsat GX Aviation network and the next generation of inflight connectivity.

To learn more about SUMS, please click HERE.

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Dubai Airshow 2017


The Dubai Airshow will take place from 12-16 November in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). Eclipse and EAD Aerospace, an Eclipse company, are proud to be a part of this event as a partner of Alsalam Aerospace Industries, a Saudi Arabia based MRO.

Eclipse – EAD Aerospace will exhibit their Satcom Universal Mounting System (SUMS) baseplate, which allows for the installation of Ka- and Ku-band satcom systems on any large aircraft. Apart from the existing SUMS STCs (read more), a new certification for an Airbus family aircraft will also be announced.

In addition to the SUMS solution addressing the Airline and Business Aviation markets, Eclipse will also represent AeroSatcom, an exciting new joint venture with NSSLGlobal to serve the global military and government markets for airborne SATCOM solutions.

To know more about us and our work, do not hesitate to visit us on booth 930 !

Dubai Airshow 2017 : website

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PRESS RELEASE – Paris, France – Aug. 29, 2017

EAD Aerospace (EASA DOA PART21 FRA21 J&G), an Eclipse company, has just received an EASA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) covering the installation of its Satcom Universal Mounting System (SUMS) solution on a B777 aircraft.

Working directly with Inmarsat, EAD Aerospace developed the complete solution, produced the engineering package and received the STC within a tight timeframe, allowing the end customer, Qatar Airways, to begin the installations around regular maintenance inputs.

EAD Aerospace is very proud to have achieved this STC for Inmarsat and their end customer Qatar Airways. This ARINC 791 installation is light in weight with minimal intrusions into the fuselage, making it easy to install and maintain for airlines. SUMS is a natural fit for such a retro-fit project.” commented Marc Pinault, CEO of EAD Aerospace.

With the first installations complete, the B777 fleet roll-out continues with the ease of installation of SUMS allowing aircraft to be completed during scheduled maintenance visits without the need for extended ground-time, and with a minimum of man-hours in comparison with typical complex, large antenna installations.

The solution provides Qatar Airways with access to the Inmarsat GX Aviation service providing high-speed in-flight connectivity to the passengers via their wireless devices. Inmarsat GX Aviation utilises Ka-Band frequencies, enabling the highest data rates currently available : “With the first Qatar Airways Boeing 777 retrofit installation already complete and several more underway, we’re looking forward to seeing Qatar Airways’ passengers experience consistent, reliable and high-speed Wi-Fi in the sky when the service goes live later this year” said Leo Mondale, President of Inmarsat Aviation.

This STC adds to the family of Satcom Universal Mounting System (SUMS) STCs which EAD Aerospace has been developing since 2014. After receiving A320, A330 and now B777 series aircraft STCs, EAD Aerospace will soon receive certifications for A340 and B747 airframes.

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Eclipse and EAD Aerospace are comprised of Aviation and Satellite Communication (satcom) industry professionals, providing aeronautical connectivity turnkey solutions for a combined period of almost 40 years.

Contact : Sylvain THOMAS
ECLIPSE Communications Officer
sylvain.thomas[@] / Phone : +33(0)6 48 50 71 89
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EBACE 2017 : Focus on connectivity


After a glorious three days of sunshine in Geneva, another successful EBACE ended last week for Eclipse and EAD Aerospace.

Aircraft connectivity continues to be one of the most talked about issues, with the commercial launch of Inmarsat GX Aviation late last year and a number of business jets and VIP aircraft installed and using the high bandwidth Ka- and Ku-band services. However, although the new Ka- and Ku-band technologies provide large data connection to the aircraft, this is provided as a single “large pipe” which means controlling and managing the connections on-board is paramount to ensure the VIP passengers receive the best service at all times.
Eclipse have recently developed a new application that provides precisely this functionality – Aero+ Flexibility –  and EBACE provided the ideal platform to promote our new product following the installation on the widebody aircraft of our European Head of State launch customer.

Developed as modular software, Aero+ Flexibility allows for up to four independent wireless networks on-board, with one of them receiving a minimum guaranteed bandwidth for the VIP.  The configuration can be dynamically managed whilst the aircraft is flying, providing the maximum level of flexibility. In addition, the software provides data optimization, a payment portal for credit card payments and an automatic fall-back to an Inmarsat SwiftBroadband connection, if desired. Visitors to the booth were impressed with the capabilities of Aero+ Flexibility, and there was particular interest from management companies offering aircraft for charter as the payment solution provides a very simple way of ensuring that any internet usage is paid for by the end user.

With two of the first EASA STCs issued for Honeywell JetWave installations on VIP A319 and A330 aircraft, EAD Aerospace drew attention showcasing their SUMS adaptor plate on the booth for large fuselage mount antenna installations. Before the summer, A340 and B777 STCs will be added to our library with the installations currently underway.
Displaying the Honeywell JetWave Tail Mount Antenna (TMA) on our booth at EBACE, opportunities for providing solutions for smaller business jet aircraft are now underway – watch this space for more news!

A busy three days engaging with customers, partners and new prospects has rounded off a fantastic start to the year for Eclipse and EAD Aerospace.

Our thanks to those who visited our booth, and the team looks forward to working with many of you on some exciting connectivity projects in the coming months.

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A great AIX 2017 for Eclipse and EAD Aerospace


Following the acquisition of EAD Aerospace by Eclipse two years ago, we find ourselves involved more than ever in the airline industry based on EAD’s history of providing airborne connectivity Part 21 solutions to that market.

Last year was the first time Eclipse and EAD Aerospace had a joint stand at Aircraft Interiors and it proved to be one of the busiest and most productive shows either company had ever had.

With the fast moving developments in the Ku- and Ka-band connectivity and with EAD Aerospace’s participation in Part 21 aspects of Inmarsat’s EAN network this year’s event was even busier and even more productive.

We are very grateful to our partners and customers who joined us in Hamburg and we look forward to moving forward all of the productive dialogues that took place.

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EBACE 2017 : Visit us !


Eclipse & EAD Aerospace will again be exhibiting at European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) this year (Geneva, 22-24 May). We welcome our partners and customers to visit us at Stand B18 !

Eclipse and EAD Aerospace – an Eclipse company – will participate in this year’s event will focus on our latest L, Ku and Ka band SATCOM solutions and STCs.

Information will be available concerning satcom hardware, satellite airtime, airborne applications support and Part 21 services for the Business Aviation market.

EBACE 2017 official website :

Read also : Another excellent EBACE 2016 !