Posted on: 06 October 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Cobham SATCOM’s (Cobham) AVIATOR 300D SwiftBroadband (SBB) solution has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) for installation on-board Airbus A319s, A320s and A321s.
The system for the Airbus aircraft consists of a compact 2 MCU size SBB unit with a flange-mounted Diplexer Low Noise Amplifier which connects to an IGA-5001 SBB Intermediate Gain Antenna. The STC also certifies two cabin Wi-Fi antennas for installation in the cabin.
AVIATOR 300D has been approved for use on all personal electronic devices (PEDs), meaning any cabin crew device with in-flight Wi-Fi capability can be used to send real time data to and from the aircraft for real-time credit card processing and crew voice calls.
It also enables cockpit connectivity for ACARS over SBB. Using Inmarsat SBB IP data and voice over IP capabilities, it can provide services such as aircraft flight tracking information. Ethernet ports can also be provided for connecting Aircraft Interface Devices and Electronic Flight Bags so pilots can obtain real-time information including graphical weather updates. Cockpit Voice is enabled by a PTA-12 dialler for pilot voice communications.
Furthermore, the STC allows for the use of AVIATOR Wired or Wi-Fi handsets to contact MedAire’s MedLink Global Response Centre when a medical situation arises during the flight.
The STC was developed and is now owned by Avionics Support Group Inc, which also developed the certification for the Cobham AVIATOR 300 solution on the same Airbus airframe types last year.