Cobham SATCOM’s leading role in supplying next generation avionics and broadband communications to increase safety and optimise fleet performance reinforced by agreement to install AVIATOR 350D on new A321neo fleet
5 December 2016: LYNGBY, Denmark - Leading manufacturer of
satellite communications solutions Cobham SATCOM has announced that
its AVIATOR 350D system has been selected by Hawaiian Airlines
(HAL) for installation on its new Airbus A321neo (new engine
The Cobham system, supporting Inmarsat's IP-based
SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) service, will deliver satellite
connectivity to the cockpit for all voice and data applications on
Hawaiian Airlines' new single aisle aircraft and will connect to
Cobham HGA-7001 High Gain antennas that are being line fit by
The next generation IP-based broadband capabilities enabled by
the Cobham solution enhance airline safety and operations through
better communications and the availability of real-time, in-air
information for pilots, crew and air traffic management.
This selection means that the AVIATOR 350D will be installed on
the Hawaiian Airlines A321neo aircraft via the Avionics Support
Group, Inc. (ASG) Supplemental Type Certification (STC) (FAA STC #
ST04150AT), which has been granted for the A319, A320 and A321
families of aircraft.
The new agreement expands the current partnership between
Hawaiian Airlines, Cobham, Rockwell Collins and Inmarsat,
established during on-going in-flight evaluations of Cobham's
purpose-built AVIATOR solution and Inmarsat SB-S on-board Hawaiian
Airlines' Boeing 767-300 aircraft, as part of a Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) supervised technology evaluation.
Brian Anderson, Air Transport Sales Manager, Americas, Cobham
SATCOM, said: "We are delighted to announce this selection by
Hawaiian Airlines, which is the latest demonstration of how we are
continuing to lead the way in the development of the next
generation IP-based safety service SATCOM systems.
"The selection is a direct result of our team's recent success
with the Hawaiian B767 program for the FAA evaluations of
SwiftBroadband-Safety service which is affirming the reliability
and performance of the Cobham hardware and the Inmarsat's satellite
Captain Mary McMillan, Inmarsat Aviation Vice President of
Safety and Operational Services, said: "Airlines with eyes on the
big picture are seeking innovative ways to achieve efficiency gains
and dynamically manage their fleets through the use of digital
solutions. We are pleased that Hawaiian Airlines has experienced
the benefits of SwiftBroadband-Safety delivered through Cobham
advanced AVIATOR avionics and has now chosen to expand its
commitment to high speed broadband in the flight deck with its
A321neo's. Clearly, the evaluation has been a great success."
Both Cobham SATCOM's next-generation AVIATOR S Series and SB-S
have received a high level of industry support, including the
recent selection by Airbus of the Cobham and Inmarsat solutions for
its A320 and A330 aircraft families and the successful ongoing
evaluations with Hawaiian Airlines.
Rockwell Collins provides the managed service between the
Inmarsat ground stations that enable the aircraft to seamlessly
communicate with HAL's host systems, ground crews and regulatory
agencies anywhere in the world without interruption.
SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) is Inmarsat's next generation
communications platform offering global, high-speed, secure IP
connectivity for the flight deck. It represents a paradigm shift in
aviation safety services, delivering "always on, always secure"
applications such as flight data streaming ("Black Box in the
Cloud") and real-time Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) applications,
including networked graphical weather.
NOTES FOR EDITORS:
The AVIATOR 350D solution for HAL's Airbus A321neo fleet is
similar to the Cobham system certified for use on the HAL B767
aircraft that are part of the current evaluations. Using Inmarsat
SB-S data and voice over IP (VoIP) capabilities, the
Cobham/Inmarsat system provides services such as FANS, cockpit
voice, aircraft flight tracking information and connects devices
such as Aircraft Interface Devices (AIDs) and EFBs for pilots to
obtain real-time information including graphical weather updates.
The benefits to the cabin crew include the ability to use all
Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) via cabin Wi-Fi for credit card
processing and crew voice calls such as Med-Link, while at the same
time, pilots are able to stay connected with airline
Cobham's cutting-edge product portfolio provides a cost
effective solution for a wide range of airframes, with a full range
of features and options. The full Cobham SATCOM AVIATOR range
includes the revolutionary AVIATOR S series, AVIATOR 700 and 700D,
AVIATOR 350 and 350D with High Gain Antenna (HGA), AVIATOR 300 and
300D with IGA as well as the exceptionally compact and lightweight
AVIATOR 200 with Low Gain Antenna (LGA).
Watch Hawaiian Airlines pilots and Flight Operations leadership
talk about the benefits of IP broadband in the flight deck in this
Inmarsat's whitepaper 'SwiftBroadband-Safety: The Future Of
Aircraft Communications' can be downloaded online
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