Hawaiian Airlines aircraft starts flying with Cobham SwiftBroadband system following award of STC developed by L2 Consulting
Hawaiian Airlines aircraft
starts flying with Cobham SwiftBroadband system following award of
STC developed by L2 Consulting
LYNGBY, Denmark - Cobham SATCOM has announced receipt of a
Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of its
AVIATOR 300D SwiftBroadband system, with IGA-5001 Intermediate Gain
Antenna, on Boeing 767-200, 300 and 300F aircraft.
In support of the SwiftBroadband Safety Service Evaluation
program, the new STC for the Cobham system will allow for FANS 1/A+
and CPDLC communications as well as ATC voice over SwiftBroadband
during the evaluation period. The SwiftBroadband-based service
enables the fast and efficient transfer of Aircraft Communications
Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) data messages via a secure,
dedicated 'pipe' to the cockpit. It also supports flight deck voice
services and provides dedicated IP connectivity to the cockpit,
enabling access to new applications such as Electronic Flight Bags
and flight data transmission.
Hawaiian Airlines will outfit their fleet of B767 aircraft with
the Cobham SwiftBroadband solution in the coming months following
the certification, after Hawaiian Airlines became the first
commercial airline to fly with Inmarsat's SwiftBroadband Safety
service following the first flight on a HAL Boeing 767-300 on June
The multiple FAA (Federal Aviation Authority) STC was developed
in conjunction with applicant L2 Consulting Services and secured
following evaluations carried out in cooperation with Hawaiian
Airlines (HAL), PARC CWG (FAA), ARINC/Rockwell Collins and
Inmarsat. L2 Consulting developed the integration engineering,
produced the installation kits and provided certification and
project management for the program, and also provided Cobham with
remote installation services.
Kim Gram, vice president of Cobham SATCOM's aeronautical
business unit, said: "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.
"The certification, which allows communication of ACARS data
over SwiftBroadband, means we can continue with the scheduled
installation of the Cobham systems on the rest of the HAL fleet and
enables us to measure the quality of the communication and present
this information to the authorities to attain a formal approval of
SBB as a safety service.
"SBB has previously only been a service for cabin entertainment,
which is why this agreement with HAL is important in successfully
proving the benefits of SBB satcom with ACARS data capability to
the cockpit, such as increased bandwidth capabilities for air
traffic control and operational capabilities to the cockpit. Using
SwiftBroadband IP connectivity for all domains of the aircraft will
provide safer and more efficient flights.
"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."
Unusually when testing new technology, HAL has been allowed
reduced separation to fly with FANS 1/A until the evaluation period
is satisfactorily completed, following approval by the Air
Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), with recommendation by the
The AVIATOR SwiftBroadband system was used for FANS and CPDLC
messaging and for data transmission in support of Hawaiian's new
eFLIE, Electronic Flight Bag program (EFBs) during the evaluation,
which monitored system operation to ensure it complied with FANS
1/A subset, RCP 240.
The AVIATOR 200S airborne satcom, which will be 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.
For further information please visit www.cobham.com/satcom.
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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
Now in its 86th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is
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Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides
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with a total of more than 200 daily flights system-wide.
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L2 Consulting Services, Inc. (www.L2aviation.com) provides avionics
engineering, integration and installation services (FAA CRS
L2ZR265X) for the global air transport industry. Since 1997, the
company has been performing integration of digital avionics systems
into analog and digital aircraft. Additionally, L2 offers
full installation and support capabilities. L2 specializes in
Satcom, EFB, e-Enabled, Flat Panels, ACARS/DataLink, RAAS, TAWS,
Terminal and Cabin Wireless, Flight Data and FMS among other
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