Eclipse and fellow company EAD Aerospace have equipped a head-of-state Airbus ACJ319 with a bespoke Wi-Fi communications solution, including Satcom, network hardware and software, and airtime.
Eclipse and EAD Aerospace partnered with Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance to install the innovative system. It includes Honeywell’s JetWave Ka solution for the Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) network, and STCs with associated modification kits (modkits). The system enables key communication and entertainment capabilities including voice over IP telephony and streaming on-demand IPTV.
The latter include EAD’s own Satcom Universal Mounting System (SUMS), an antenna mount modkit already employed in previous Airbus A319, A320, A321, A330 and A340, and Boeing 777 and 747 projects.
In addition to the hardware, Eclipse is supplying its Aero+ software suite, which allows operators to manage and monitor the GX network. Through Aero+ they can configure aircraft communications zones, users and applications, and allocate, prioritise and optimise bandwidth.
Importantly for head-of-state aircraft, where the entourage accompanying the principal might include a press contingent, for example, the Aero+ suite also offers a passenger credit card payment system. Monitoring and security tools and SwiftBroadBand fallback functionality are also standard, and the suite features a customisable management interface.