Posted on: 21 July 2016 by Ross McSweeny
The Cobham SATCOM AVIATOR 300D system has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for installation onboard Airbus A320 family aircraft.
This marks the first time a SwiftBroadband ACARS-capable modem has received Chinese certification. The STC for the SwiftBroadband unit, which connects to Inmarsat’s I-4 satellite network, was developed and is owned by Avionics Support Group Inc., while the STC for the intermediate gain antenna, IGA-5001, was developed and is owned by Delta G.
The AVIATOR 300D solution uses Inmarsat SwiftBroadband IP data and circuit-switched voice capabilities to provide services such as aircraft flight tracking information as well as Ethernet ports for connecting devices such as Aircraft Interface Devices and Electronic Flight Bags so pilots can obtain real-time information including graphical weather updates.
AVIATOR 300D also has the bandwidth to send the real-time data of the aircraft health monitoring systems, such as engine monitoring.
“This certification for our AVIATOR 300D system is very important for the industry in this region and is also a significant milestone for Cobham, as we can now offer Chinese airlines a low-cost, compact Inmarsat satcom solution,” commented Jianmin Cui, director of Cobham SATCOM’s China operations. “It is a first for the industry, for Inmarsat and also for Cobham. This system provides Chinese airlines an optimal option to comply with the CAAC 4 minute-mandate with more capable data applications.”