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Sat, 15 August 2015

SITA OnAir Developing First EASA STC for GX Aviation

SITA OnAir is developing the first EASA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for Inmarsats high speed Ka-band broadband service, GX Aviation.

SITA OnAir is working with EAD Aerospace, an Eclipse company, on the STC to retro fit Boeing 777 series aircraft, on behalf of an undisclosed airline.

This STC will allow the installation and activation of connectivity covering SITA OnAirs nose-to-tail e-Aircraft portfolio. This includes solutions and products for passengers, cabin crew, cockpit crew, aircraft data and maintenance, flight operations and air traffic control, said Ian Dawkins, CEO of SITA OnAir. Whats new is that inflight connectivity using high throughput satellite networks extends the possibilities for passengers as well as airlines professional use. Airlines will be able to exchange data for operational purposes, and passengers will have the same Internet speed they are used to at home.

GX Aviation will provide 50MB/s to the aircraft, in particular, giving passengers high-speed Wi-Fi. This is the new reality of inflight connectivity. For the very first time, there really is no difference between being in the air and being on the ground.

SITA OnAir already has over 40 STCs, covering the retro fit of inflight connectivity systems on Airbus aircraft, including the A320 family types, A330s and A340s, as well as Boeing aircraft including B737s, B767s and B777s. In addition, SITA OnAir systems are available as line fit on the entire Airbus fleet as well as on Boeing B777s and B787s. It is also a line fit option on selected VIP aircraft, including the Dassault Falcon 7X and Airbus Corporate Jets.

SITA OnAirs STCs have been awarded by the major certification authorities across the world, including the FAA in the US, EASA in Europe, the Singapore CAA, and Japans CAB. Importantly, existing STCs can be reused for new airline orders. SITA OnAir can also adapt the STC to meet airlines specific technical, cosmetic and/or maintenance requirements.

We have worked closely with EAD Aerospace on many STCs and I fully anticipate this will be a smooth process, added Dawkins. In tandem, we are also working together to kick-start similar GX Aviation STCs on other aircraft types, including the A320 family.

The STC is expected to be completed in the first half of 2016.

SITA, OnAir, GX Aviation, Inmarsat, Satellite

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