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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.