Press Release: Eclipse offers Connectivity Bundle for VIP & Gov’t jets


Eclipse Group is offering a cabin connectivity bundle specifically for VIP and Government widebody and narrowbody aircraft.

The Inmarsat Ka-band Connectivity Bundle comprises all the equipment and STCs required to install Honeywell’s JetWave™ Ka-band system, and includes the Eclipse Aero+ Software Suite, and Satcom Universal Mounting System (SUMS) – two key elements not offered by any other company.

“We’ve long recognized that VIP and Head of State aircraft are extremely demanding and a fully-working solution must be delivered the first time,” said Eclipse CEO, Marc Pinault. “Not only do the aircraft have varying missions, individual passengers have different telephony and Internet access needs; and of course, onboard network security is key. This is why Eclipse Group is offering a complementary system requirements consultation. Adding connectivity to a large aircraft is complex and we want to help operators, installers and maintainers to get a better understanding of the requirements and outcomes for the aircraft and passengers.”

The solution gives large aircraft operators a complete broadband connectivity system with the added ability to control the onboard network. The solution helps reduce costs, both in terms of inflight connectivity and maintenance.

SUMS install on an A319. Image: Eclipse

The Aero+ Software Suite offers a broad spectrum of apps that deliver important capabilities: onboard bandwidth allocation and prioritization, onboard network security, VoIP, video conference, aggregation, optimization, payment portal for passengers.

Industrial view of SUMS baseplates. Image: Eclipse

The SUMS antenna installation kit is lightweight and requires fewer holes in the fuselage. This means a streamlined installation and lower maintenance requirements, again saving time and money. SUMS is a proven solution having been installed on more than 90 aircraft.

“Through our EAD Aerospace division, we’ve developed SUMS”, notes Marc Pinault. “This antenna mounting system has an incredibly low impact on the aircraft fuselage—an important factor for leased aircraft. In addition, we have a broad range of STCs for many popular VIP and government aircraft types such as the A320 family, A330 and A340, plus the B777 and B747.”


This Bundle is all backed by 24/7 support and complies with the highest aviation security standards.

A leading distributor of Inmarsat airtime services, Eclipse Group offers a single source solution for the Inmarsat GX Aviation network and next generation of inflight connectivity.

About Eclipse & EAD Aerospace

Eclipse & EAD Aerospace design and deliver complete, modular connectivity solutions specifically tailored for aviation. Eclipse and EAD, a division of Eclipse are aviation communications systems pioneers. Their connectivity, STC and design experts understand the pressures of delivering solutions to aviation operators, including VIP, military and government aircraft operators. Headquartered in Paris, France with offices in London, UK and Chicago, USA, for more than 26 years, Eclipse & EAD Aerospace have delivered connectivity solutions to a broad range of exacting aircraft operators.