|Technicians install GX Aviation antenna on aircraft. Photo: Inmarsat
[Avionics Today 07-29-2016] The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) Aviation In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) service, for the Airbus A340 aircraft, making the service available as linefit or retrofit option on every major airframe in the market.
Inmarsat’s partner Lufthansa Technik received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from EASA after it successfully installed a Honeywell Aerospace designed Ka-band antenna for GX Aviation on board an Airbus A340 aircraft in Germany. Lufthansa Technik previously issued its own statement on the matter. The STC validates and approves Lufthansa Technik’s installation process for the Airbus A340 family.
GX Aviation will launch this year to provide a broadband internet solution for aircraft with global coverage, delivered through a single operator. It allows passengers and airline crew to browse the internet, check social media, stream videos, access company resources and more, with similar fast and reliable broadband as they receive on the ground, according to Inmarsat.