Posted on: 10 June 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Cobham SATCOM has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the installation of its AVIATOR 300D SwiftBroadband system on Boeing 767-200, 300 and 300F aircraft.
In support of the SwiftBroadband Safety Service Evaluation programme, the new STC will allow for the transfer of Future Air Navigation Systems (FANS) 1/A+, Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) data messages and Controller–pilot data link communications (CPDLC) via a secure ‘pipe’ to the cockpit. This enables access to new applications such as Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) and flight data transmission.The STC was developed in conjunction with applicant L2 Consulting Services, which developed the integration engineering, produced the installation kits and provided certification and project management for the programme as well as providing Cobham with remote installation services.Hawaiian Airlines will now outfit its fleet of B767 aircraft with the Cobham SwiftBroadband solution after becoming the first commercial airline to fly with Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband Safety service on a Boeing 767-300 on 3 June. The Cobham system uses Rockwell Collins’ ARINC aviation communications network.“Rockwell Collins is proud to be involved in enabling another aviation first for flight safety as well as helping our vision of the connected aircraft become a reality,” said David Poltorak, Rockwell Collins’ VP aviation and network services. “Beyond enhancing safety, the growth of broadband connectivity for the flight deck will provide exciting opportunities to bring new flight-enhancing operations and cockpit services to airlines. Many of these services will require significant amounts of data to be delivered to and from the aircraft, which we are well positioned to handle now and in the future.”“SwiftBroadband Safety will have a significant impact on our flight operations,” explained Ken Rewick, VP flight operations, Hawaiian Airlines. “In addition to gaining an upgraded path to FANS, we’re also in a position to implement EFB and Airline Operational Communication applications such as timely weather updates, reroutes and fuel planning over a broadband channel. As a long time Rockwell Collins customer, we are pleased to be using the ARINC aviation communications network to enable this important evaluation.”“This will be the first time the industry, and particularly the air navigation service providers, will be able to experience the performance of the Rockwell Collins service via the Cobham terminal utilising our leading satellite communications offering,” noted Mary McMillan, VP safety and operational services, Inmarsat. “We’re very pleased to be partnering with these leaders in the aviation technology and service business to bring this revolutionary new service to airlines.”“We are very pleased to announce this significant STC which is supporting the FAA-supervised demonstration to evaluate communication technologies being developed to meet the future needs of the aviation community,” remarked Kim Gram, VP of the aeronautical business unit at Cobham SATCOM. “The certification means we can continue with the scheduled installation of the Cobham systems on the rest of the Hawaiian Airlines fleet and enables us to measure the quality of the communication and present this information to the authorities to attain a formal approval of SwiftBroadband as a safety service.“The next milestone will be the first installation of our ground-breaking AVIATOR S which is designed specifically to leverage Inmarsat’s new SwiftBroadband Safety service and will be available in early 2016 to coincide with approvals for FANS 1/A services over SwiftBroadband.”The AVIATOR 200S airborne satcom is an Inmarsat Class 4 terminal by Cobham which enables simultaneous transmission of safety and non-safety services over the same SwiftBroadband channel.