Posted on: 14 July 2014 by Mark Howells
Cobham SATCOM has been granted a Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the AVIATOR 300 SwiftBroadband system to be installed on Airbus A319, A320 and A321 aircraft.
Developed by Avionics Support Group Inc., the AVIATOR 300 certification was accomplished on a private A319CJ aircraft, with plans for its conversion to a European Aviation Safety Agency or Civil Aviation Administration of China STC.
The AVIATOR 300 system aims to improve flight safety and operations by enabling the airline operations department to stay connected to their aircraft at all times. It provides services such as immediate aircraft tracking information and Ethernet ports for connecting devices like Aircraft Interface Devices (AIDs) and Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) for the pilots to obtain real-time information including graphical weather updates.
The AVIATOR 300 also has the bandwidth to send the real-time data of the aircraft health monitoring systems, such as engine monitoring, as well as in-flight entertainment and connectivity for passenger text messaging and email.
"This STC is significant as it means airlines' flight operations departments will have the ability to access aircraft data in real time from the ground while the aircraft is in-flight, which will significantly improve flight safety and operational efficiencies,” said Kim Gram, VP Aeronautical, Cobham SATCOM. “The STC will also introduce Wi-Fi so that passengers can benefit by being connected with near global wireless connectivity. The AVIATOR 300 will enable them to use smart phones, personal tablets and laptops for a multitude of applications during all phases of flight."
The AVIATOR 300 system, which features the Gain Antenna IGA-5001, offers connectivity on the Inmarsat SwiftBroadband I-4 satellite network. Cobham will supply the AVIATOR 300 equipment directly to the airlines, while the FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval installation kits and STC rights can be purchased from Avionics Support Group Inc.