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Cobham SATCOM and Hawaiian Airlines Start Trials to Lead the Way in Approval Process of SwiftBroadband Safety Service Avionics

Contract for installation of Cobham SATCOM systems on Boeing 767-300 aircraft is key step in development of next generation IP-based AVIATOR S

AVIATOR-200SLYNGBY, Denmark - Representing a significant step forward in the approval process for SwiftBroadband as a safety service, trials are now underway following the first installations of Cobham SATCOM's AVIATOR SwiftBroadband satellite communications systems on Hawaiian Airlines' Boeing 767-300 aircraft.

 

The agreement for Cobham to equip the Hawaiian fleet is also important in the development of Cobham's next generation product family, AVIATOR S, as the system will enable safety services data as well as EFB updates via IP data to the cockpit.

 

Paving the way for other airlines and equipment manufacturers, the FAA-supervised technology demonstration will eventually allow the fast, efficient transfer of ACARS data messages over SwiftBroadband, as well as flight deck safety voice and IP connectivity, enabling other flight enhancing operations and cockpit services.

 

During the SwiftBroadband safety evaluation period, the AVIATOR SwiftBroadband system will be used for FANS and CPDLC messaging and will also be used for data transmission in support of Hawaiian's new eFLIE, Electronic Flight Bag program (EFBs).

 

Kim Gram, vice president of Cobham SATCOM's aeronautical business unit, said: "Through these on-going trials, we are continuing to lead the way in the development of the next generation IP-based safety services which is represented by Inmarsat's SwiftBroadband Safety Services and our AVIATOR S product family.

 

"Using SwiftBroadband IP connectivity for all domains of the aircraft is new to the aviation industry and will provide safer and more efficient flights due to better overall situational awareness and transfer of operational data to and from of the aircraft."

 

Hawaiian's B767s are being retrofitted with Cobham's current generation AVIATOR SwiftBroadband SATCOM hardware, which includes an IGA-5001 intermediate gain antenna. The system is capable of providing both voice and data communications with the addition of many enhanced features 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 connectivity will facilitate dynamic routing to favourable winds and away from unfavourable weather.

 

These enhanced features will become the centerpiece of Cobham's AVIATOR S product family which is designed specifically to leverage Inmarsat's new SwiftBroadband Safety service and will ensure a system configuration that can meet the requirements of all aircraft types. AVIATOR S will be available early 2016 to coincide with approvals for FANS 1/A services over SwiftBroadband.

 

The AVIATOR 200S airborne Satcom, the first system to be made available, features the exceptionally compact HELGA (combined HLD and Enhanced LGA) antenna which reduces the number of LRUs from three to two. This first Inmarsat Class 4 terminal by Cobham enables simultaneous transmission of safety and non-safety services over the same SwiftBroadband channel. The revolutionary new system will also afford space and weight savings.

 

Cobham SATCOM is presenting the advantages and features of its next generation product family, the AVIATOR S series, at this year's Aircraft Interiors Expo. Please visit Stand 3B12 for more information.

 

For more information, please visit www.cobham.com/satcom.

 

About Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian® has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 11 years (2004-2014) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawaii.

 

Now in its 86th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawaii's biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. Mainland. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai'i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 160 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 200 daily flights system-wide.

 

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com. Follow updates on Twitter about Hawaiian (@HawaiianAir) and become a fan on its Facebook page.

 

About Cobham

The most important thing we build is trust.

 

We protect lives and livelihoods with our differentiated technology and know-how, operating with a deep insight into customer needs and agility. Our innovative range of technologies and services solve challenging problems in harsh environments across commercial, defence and security markets, from deep space to the depths of the ocean, specialising in meeting the growing demand for data, connectivity and bandwidth.

 

We employ more than 12,000 people on five continents, and have customers and partners in over 100 countries, with market leading positions in: wireless, audio, video and data communications, including satellite communications; defence electronics; air-to-air refuelling; aviation services; life support and mission equipment.

 

About Cobham SATCOM

Providing dependable communications and internet access anywhere under the most demanding conditions.

 

Our satellite and radio communication terminals perform in the most challenging and remote environments on land, at sea and in the air.

 

We design and manufacture these high performance products under the AVIATOR, EXPLORER, SAILOR and Sea Tel brands providing customers with outstanding performance, value and support through our global sales and service network.

 

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Contacts:

Cobham SATCOM
Jen Marts
Global Marketing Manager
Aeronautical Business Unit
T: +1 757 777 7186
jen.marts@cobham.com

Hawaiian Airlines
Alison Croyle
Corporate Communications
808-835-3886
Alison.croyle@hawaiianair.com

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