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HondaJet joins Gogo AVANCE certifications list

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Banyan Air Service, an authorized aftermarket Gogo dealer, is in the final stages of Supplemental Type Certification (STC) completion for Gogo’s AVANCE L3 on the Honda HA-420 HondaJet. It will be the latest certification secured for the AVANCE L3 further expanding Gogo’s rapid adoption into the light jet segment of business aviation.

With the addition of the HondaJet STC, Gogo’s AVANCE L3 and L5 systems will be certified on virtually every business aviation aircraft make and model – from personal jets and turboprops to the largest heavy iron ultralong-range airframes – direct from the factory or in the aftermarket.

“We’ve received high praise and appreciation from new AVANCE customers who are delighted by the performance and capabilities their AVANCE system is delivering,” said Sergio Aguirre, President of Gogo Business Aviation. “Whether it’s lowering our service level to 3,000 feet, the optional streaming internet service on the L5, or many other popular AVANCE features, customers continue to drive demand to our authourised dealers and OEM partners.”

Gogo AVANCE is a software and hardware platform that provides customers a unique and unmatched suite of capabilities in one LRU (line-replaceable unit): internet, voice, entertainment, cockpit apps, self-service tools and remote support. Additionally, AVANCE was designed to make upgrades to 5G and other emerging technologies fast and easy.

“Banyan Air Service is extremely excited to partner with Gogo on this STC with such a capable platform,” said Danny Santiago, Director of Avionics for Banyan Air Service. “The AVANCE L3 in the HondaJet ‘light jet’ market is a perfect combination for owners and operators that will satisfy their domestic mission requirements with a high-quality inflight connectivity experience.”

Astronics Corporation has entered into a cooperative agreement with Aerotec Concept of Toulouse, France, allowing each to collaborate in innovation for both EASA and FAA certification markets.

Astronics and Aerotec Concept enter into cooperative agreement

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Astronics Corporation has entered into a cooperative agreement with Aerotec Concept of Toulouse, France, allowing each to collaborate in innovation for both EASA and FAA certification markets.

Astronics Corporation has entered into a cooperative agreement with Aerotec Concept of Toulouse, France, allowing each to collaborate in innovation for both EASA and FAA certification markets.

More specifically, the cooperative agreement provides Astronics the means to expand its comprehensive design, development, analysis, substantiation, certification, kitting and manufacturing capabilities further into the European aerospace marke.

The companies have previously collaborated on the qualification of The Edge, Astronics’ newly launched fully scalable Cabin Network IFE Platform, certification of large radome installations and power solutions for portable electronic devices.

“Given the success we’ve had to date on multiple projects completed in partnership with Aerotec, we are pleased to formalise our future collaboration through a mutually-beneficial cooperative agreement,” said Mike Kuehn, President of Astronics CSC. “Aerotec’s expertise in testing, engineering and certification along with our integrated connectivity and data solutions make this an exciting partnership, and we look forward to supporting the European market as it continues to recover from the impact of COVID-19.”

Johan Clochet, CEO of Aerotec, commented: “Astronics’ innovative cabin connectivity products and solutions are a great complement to our highly skilled abilities in aeronautics design, certification, manufacturing and maintenance. We believe that together we are in a great position to serve both EASA and FAA customers.”

Anuvu has obtained a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of its Airconnect Global Ku in-flight connectivity (IFC) system onboard Airbus 321 aircraft for Turkish Airlines.

EASA approves Anuvu’s first in-house STC for Airbus narrow-body aircraft

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Anuvu has obtained a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of its Airconnect Global Ku in-flight connectivity (IFC) system onboard Airbus 321 aircraft for Turkish Airlines.

Anuvu has obtained a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of its Airconnect Global Ku in-flight connectivity (IFC) system onboard Airbus 321 aircraft for Turkish Airlines.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) granted approval for the STC, which was developed solely by Anuvu, allowing the company to install core components onboard the Airbus A321, and incorporate server and wireless access point parts.

Mike Pigott, Anuvu’s Executive Vice President Connectivity, commented: “Achieving EASA approval for our STC speaks to our team’s innovation and hard work, especially given the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The joint effort of Anuvu, Profen, and our partners at Turkish Airlines and Turkish Technic is a testament to how high-performing teams can overcome obstacles. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Turkish Airlines, providing our Airconnect Global Ku IFC system for the Airbus A321 family, and in conjunction with Anuvu and Profen’s ground teleport infrastructure, they can deliver to passengers the most reliable and high-performing connectivity.”

Çetin Tuğtağ, Turkish Airlines’ Senior Vice President Investment and Asset, said: “Following our Boeing 737 partnership with Anuvu and Profen earlier in the year, we’re pleased that Airconnect Global Ku will soon be available for our customers onboard our A321 family of aircraft. We want to offer our passengers the fastest and most reliable connectivity, and this latest partnership reaffirms our commitment.”

C&L Aviation Services, a C&L Aviation Group company, has received STC certification by the FAA for its 16-passenger business class seating and floor levelling solution to be used in the Embraer ERJ 135.

C&L receives STC certification for Embraer 135 business-class solution

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C&L Aviation Services, a C&L Aviation Group company, has received STC certification by the FAA for its 16-passenger business class seating and floor levelling solution to be used in the Embraer ERJ 135.

C&L Aviation Services, a C&L Aviation Group company, has received STC certification by the FAA for its 16-passenger business class seating and floor levelling solution to be used in the Embraer ERJ 135.

The STC certifies structural modifications for seat track relocation, allowing for a 1×1 business-class seating arrangement with a comfortable and luxurious 43-inch seat pitch and extended reclining capabilities. In this configuration, the cabin is transformed from 37 to 16 seats. The STC also allows for a new center aisle (prior to the modification the aisle is offset) and extended aisle width. The STC modification also includes galley improvements that increase the aircraft’s beverage capacity.

“Since we began producing custom, semi-private aircraft interiors a few years ago we have received several inquiries for this type of configuration,” said Phil Miholovich, Director of Maintenance for C&L Aviation Services. “Having our own in-house engineering group allows us to dedicate resources to STC projects like this one that meets customer’s needs.”

C&L is also actively working on an STC amendment to include the ERJ 145 and expect FAA approval to come before the end of 2021. The ERJ 145 will be able to accommodate up to 24 seats with this modification.

In order for these modifications to be implemented, it requires another C&L STC to be done in conjunction, which removes the cabin overhead bins, installs new ceiling and valance panels, introduces continuous run LED lighting as well as an additional row of overhead lighting.

Currently, the company is developing several other ERJ upgrades including a new first-class seat design.

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Lufthansa Technik receives BASA-validated STC for China

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Chinese authorities have validated Lufthansa Technik’s EASA STC for in-flight connectivity on Airbus A320 family aircraft.

The EASA STC was validated by CAAC (Civil Aviation Authority of China) based on the Technical Implementation Procedures (TIP) for Airworthiness and Environmental Certification, a specification of based on the China-EU Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) between the People’s Republic of China and the European Union.

Validation allows for initial and sub-sequent validations in a defined process, and therefore predictable time frame. It also ensures further validation mechanisms, additionally accelerating the execution of small adjustments for new customers.

“Based on a very light design and more than 300 installations, we can support very fast upgrades in less than four days and high maintenance inspection intervals; together we are offering very low and competitive operational costs to the airlines,” said Lukas Bucher, Head of Connectivity Solutions at Lufthansa Technik.

“Chinese operators can tremendously benefit from our profound experience for in-flight connectivity modifications gained with European aircraft. Thus, we guarantee smooth processes as well as MRO support with reliable time frames,” said Xin Wang, Lufthansa Technik’s Chief Representative in China.

Jia Zhijun, Senior Director of Honeywell Connected Aerospace Asia Pacific said: “The MCS-8420 JetWave Satellite Communications System is designed to connect to China’s Ka-band satellite network. This satellite communications installation enables high-speed cabin Wi-Fi for a better passenger connectivity experience. Additionally, it provides pilots with a better internet connection to support flight planning and management, which will help reduce fleet fuel costs, avoid aircraft delays and further enhance airlines’ competitiveness and profitability in the global aviation market. Honeywell is currently advancing the certificate of MCS-8420 JetWave Satellite Communication Systems applicable to other aircraft models.”

The modular radome installation on the aircraft fuselage is ARINC 791 standard compliant and was optimised by Lufthansa Technik to minimise operational and maintenance costs for the airline. The installation is engineered, fully qualified and certified to meet the harsh conditions of continuous commercial airline operation. This includes, for example, optimised aircraft inspection cycles which are aligned with airframe specific base maintenance programs.

Based on the successful rollout of the JetWave Generation 1 hardware, Honeywell and Lufthansa Technik worked hand in hand to generate a solution for the Chinese market. The joint package includes China-specific adaptions of the Honeywell hardware and Lufthansa Technik’s aircraft integration design and certification suitable for the Chinese market. Various software platforms are available, including the option for airline proprietary solutions so that the respective airline itself has full control. Aircraft specific material kits are available, including a large antenna radome. If needed, Lufthansa Technik offers installation services jointly with local Chinese partners.

Icelandair’s Boeing 737 MAX-9 aircraft.

Icelandair to turn on Viasat IFC on 737 MAX-9 fleet

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Viasat has received EASA certification for its in-flight connectivity system onboard Icelandair’s Boeing 737 MAX-9 aircraft.

IFC system was installed earlier this year, but it had been deactivated pending the certificate from EASA. The MAX-9 aircraft will now join Icelandair’s MAX-8 fleet, providing connectivity to passengers flying between the US and Europe via scenic Iceland. This service launched on MAX-8 aircraft in March 2021.

Icelandair expects all Viasat-enabled aircraft to be installed by April 2022.

“We are honoured to work alongside the highly motivated Icelandair team in accomplishing this major milestone,” said Don Buchman, VP/GM, Commercial Aviation at Viasat. “As passengers increasingly return to air travel, the importance of great in-flight Wi-Fi is paramount, and Icelandair is providing customers a great connectivity experience so they can do what they want online while in the air.”

The Viasat-equipped Icelandair aircraft will connect to Viasat’s high-capacity satellite network. Over Europe, this network includes the KA-SAT satellite and could include others like Avanti’s Hylas constellation in the future. When traveling over the US, Iceland and the Atlantic Ocean, the aircraft will connect with several other Viasat satellites, including ViaSat-2.

In the future, these aircraft will be able to link to the company’s next-generation satellite constellation, ViaSat-3. The ViaSat-3 constellation includes three ultra-high-capacity satellites that will offer global coverage, with each expected to deliver over 1 Terabit per second of total network throughput.

Bluebox Aviation Systems has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the aircraft-powered version of its wireless in-flight entertainment (W-IFE) system, Bluebox Wow

Bluebox Wow certified for Airbus A320 Family

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Bluebox Aviation Systems has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the aircraft-powered version of its wireless in-flight entertainment (W-IFE) system, Bluebox Wow

Bluebox Aviation Systems has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the aircraft-powered version of its wireless in-flight entertainment (W-IFE) system, Bluebox Wow. Issued by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to Design Organisation Approval (DOA) holder Aerospace Engineering Solutions, the STC applies to all Airbus A320 Family aircraft. The STC was approved after testing was completed with a soon-to-be-announced customer in the Asia-Pacific region.

Recently issued by EASA, this latest STC (No. 10076801) applies to all Airbus A320 Variants with an added feature of an automatic Pause on PA functionality that pauses playback in the event of announcements from the flight deck or cabin crew.

“The granting of this STC is an exciting and major milestone for us as we continue to sign up new airline customers eager to return to the business of delivering exceptional digital in-flight experiences to their passengers,” said James Macrae, CTO, Bluebox. “Our original version of Bluebox Wow, with its swappable battery system, has been a game-changer in the IFE market, introducing a cost-effective way to deploy IFE to airlines that might never have considered it before due to the high costs involved with installing fully embedded systems. But as the demand for W-IFE has grown – in conjunction with the development of our more powerful digital platforms that our customers can use for engaging their passengers and earning ancillary revenue – we’re attracting the interest of airlines with larger fleets. By utilising aircraft power, Bluebox Wow devices can deliver the same digital IFE services without a battery present, eliminating the need for logistics management of batteries, and still offering a considerably lighter and lower-cost system than fully fitted W-IFE.”

AES believes this certification will open opportunities to provide aircraft operators of single-aisle, and wide-body aircraft in the future, with Bluebox’s aircraft-powered W-IFE units. The installation is simple with wiring to the W-IFE units easily accessible via the panels in the aircraft cabin. Utilising aircraft power eliminates the need for the logistical management of batteries and still offer a considerably lighter and lower-cost system than fully fitted W-IFE.

The Bluebox Wow units are delivered with Part 21G Form 1 approval and can be supplied with the associated installation kit as a total package.

Andrew Dolby, Director of Aerospace Engineering Solutions, said: “I would like to thank our dedicated and highly experienced engineering and design team here at AES for achieving this ‘game changing’ STC for the installation of Bluebox’s aircraft-powered version of Bluebox Wow on the Airbus A320 Variants, especially during these challenging times for the aviation industry. We are actively working on solutions for other models including single and wide-body aircraft.”

Duncan Aviation technicians work to install the Bongiovi speakerless audio system, which has 47 transducers mounted beneath the headliner and in the upper sidewall panels throughout the aircraft to amplify the sound.

Duncan Aviation installs Bongiovi Audio system

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Duncan Aviation technicians work to install the Bongiovi speakerless audio system, which has 47 transducers mounted beneath the headliner and in the upper sidewall panels throughout the aircraft to amplify the sound.

Duncan Aviation has installed a Bongiovi AcousticLabs Bongiovi Aviation system in a Dassault Falcon 7X aircraft at its full-service facility in Battle Creek, Michigan.

In addition to the Bongiovi Aviation system, the 7X had a full cabin electronics upgrade that included the installation of a Collins Aerospace Venue Cabin Management System (CMS) and a Honeywell JetWave MCS-8000 Ka-band in-flight connectivity system.

The Venue delivers the audio output for the Bongiovi speakerless system, and the 47 transducers mounted beneath the headliner and in the upper sidewall panels throughout the aircraft amplify the sound.

Avionics Sales Representative Mike Morgan heard a demo of the Bongiovi system prior to its installation in the 7X. “The sound is impressive,” said Morgan. “I’m excited to give our customers this additional option for high-end audio entertainment.”

Duncan Aviation’s Lead Designer Heather Pridemore collaborated with the customer’s designer on an exterior paint scheme and an interior refurbishment that will give the aircraft a fresh look to go with its big new sound.

Duncan Aviation installed an Aviation Clean Air (ACA) Ionising system in the aircraft, with Duncan Aviation’s Engineering Team developing the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the ACA system, making it the first ever installed in a 7X aircraft with an STC.

Transport Canada has granted Astronics an supplemental type certificate (STC) for its latest cabin network platform, The Edge.

Astronics gains STC for Edge cabin network platform

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Transport Canada has granted Astronics an supplemental type certificate (STC) for its latest cabin network platform, The Edge.

Transport Canada has granted Astronics a supplemental type certificate (STC) for its latest cabin network platform, The Edge.

Designed to be installed overnight with installation certifications owned by Astronics and reusable for future airline customers, The Edge takes advantage of a distributed network architecture that uses Smart WAPs. The solution combines an ‘industry first’ Wi-Fi6 wireless access point and server functionality as compute nodes that minimise installation wiring and provide a redundant and fault tolerant system.

“Astronics already has thousands of aircraft flying with our IFE hardware on board, which is unmatched in the market. This latest STC approval for The Edge is a testament to our technology leadership and continued solutions for the in-flight entertainment and connectivity market,” explained Michael Kuehn, President of Astronics CSC.

LiFE in the Air has partnered with Astronics to use The Edge to host LiFE in the Air’s digital in-flight solution. Through this collaboration, LiFE in the Air is offering trial and demonstrations to airlines.

LiFE in the Air’s digital in-flight solution enables airline passengers to use their personal electronic devices to virtually buy products onboard, access in-flight entertainment, and keep occupied while in flight with short films and entertaining content, games, and community-driven features. Another key feature is that no air-to-ground connectivity is required.

“This is another major milestone for LiFE in the Air and a big step forward as we continue our progress of enhancing the passenger experience while providing services for airlines around the world,” said Bayram Annakov, CEO and founder of LiFE in the Air. “With the needed STCs completed with Astronics, we can now focus our attention on Boeing 737-800 and MAX aircraft installations globally, and bring our innovative IFE solution to passengers, as travel starts to recover.”

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Latitude Aero receives EASA certification

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Latitude Aero has received approval and designation by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as an EASA Part 145 Repair Station (EASA.145.6969).

As a FAA and EASA-approved maintenance organisation, Latitude Aero can now provide its customers a dual-release and return to service components that are for European, as well as domestic, aircraft.

“We are excited to add dual-release capabilities to our existing suite of seating services and expand our global reach beyond the United States and into Europe,” said President & CEO Kelvin Boyette. “This coincides perfectly with our planned expansion into Europe later in 2021.”