Cobham announces at NBAA 2013 that it is developing a Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for King Air operators for its innovative AVIATOR 200 SwiftBroadband solution.
LYNGBY, Denmark - Cobham announces at NBAA 2013
that it is developing a Federal Aviation Authority (FAA)
Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for King Air operators for its
innovative AVIATOR 200 SwiftBroadband solution.
The new certification will be received after cooperation with
Cobham SATCOM partner Pro Star Aviation, with the STC set to become
available in the United States later this year and an EASA version
expected to follow in mid-2014.
The FAA STC includes the activation of the AVIATOR 200's
built-in Wi-Fi option, offering access to an extensive range of
communication capabilities aboard King Air models B200, B200C and
B300 (Super King Air 350).
Cobham's AVIATOR 200 is an exceptionally compact, lightweight
system that offers reliable, affordable connectivity to provide
users with a range of services including data, video and voice that
can be accessed via wired or wireless connections built into the
Built-in Wi-Fi capability supports smart phones, tables and
laptops for total flexibility, while the small low gain jet blade
antenna decreases costs and complexity of aircraft modifications
Kevin Harriman, Pro Star Aviation General Manager, commented:
"The AVIATOR 200 offers the ideal broadband and voice solution
and is the perfect choice for King Air operators looking to add the
convenience of in-flight broadband access.
"It is practical and affordable, and, with reduced hardware
and installation costs, the AVIATOR 200 is everything you need to
The AVIATOR 200 is the smallest and lightest system in Cobham's
cutting-edge SwiftBroadband product portfolio and utilizes
Inmarsat's SwiftBroadband 200 service. AVIATOR 200 simultaneously
provides data speeds of up to 200 kbps and a single AMBE 2 channel
for voice calls, providing a complete airborne communications
solution previously unavailable to aircraft below a certain
Kim Gram, Vice President Aeronautical Business Unit, Cobham
SATCOM, commented: "The AVIATOR 200 offers in-flight broadband
communication to aircraft of virtually any size as it utilizes a
low gain antenna.
"Receipt of the King Air FAA STC is another key step forward
in making the system available to the widest range of aircraft
possible, enabling more users to take advantage of modern in-flight
The AVIATOR 200 certification for its King Air line is the
latest STC developed by Pro Star Aviation, which holds various STCs
for retrofit upgrades on all types of business aircraft. Pro Star
also has an STC for the AVIATOR 200 on the Pilatus PC-12
The full Cobham AVIATOR range includes the new AVIATOR S Series,
AVIATOR 700 and 700D, AVIATOR 350 with High Gain Antenna (HGA) and
versatile AVIATOR 300 with Intermediate Gain Antenna (IGA).
For further information please visit www.cobham.com/satcom.
Cobham protects lives and livelihoods with its differentiated
technology and know-how, operating with a deep insight to customer
needs and agility. The Group offers an innovative range of
technologies and services to solve challenging problems across
commercial, defence and security markets, from deep space to the
depths of the ocean. It has market leading positions in air-to-air
refuelling; aviation services; audio, video and data
communications, including satellite communications; defence
electronics; life support and mission equipment. The most important
thing Cobham builds is trust.
About Cobham SATCOM
Cobham SATCOM develops, manufactures, sells and supports
satellite and radio communication terminals and earth stations for
land, marine and airborne applications. With the ever increasing
demand for communication, our products and services are used to
satisfy the needs of a wide variety of commercial, governmental and
Cobham SATCOM uses state-of-the-art technologies to design
affordable, highly reliable high performance systems that have
decreased over time in terms of size, weight and power consumption.
Our products enable people to stay in touch under the most
challenging and demanding conditions. When traditional
communication technologies fail, Cobham SATCOM's products will keep
providing our customers with high quality voice, data, and
Our product designs have evolved tremendously during their
decades in service in use around the world in a variety of domains
and environments. We market under the AVIATOR, EXPLORER, SAILOR®
and Sea Tel brands. Please refer to our websites for our list of
global distributors and partners. Cobham SATCOM has design,
development and manufacturing facilities in Denmark, Norway, South
Africa and the USA.
About Pro Star Aviation
Pro Star Aviation, LLC. is an independent Beechcraft Service
Center based in the Northeastern U.S. As a full-service
installation and maintenance facility, Pro Star also offers
avionics service, engineering, ODA and STC support, special
missions capabilities, and sales and technical service.
As the area's leading avionics installation facility, Pro Star
holds various STCs for retrofit upgrades on all types of business
aircraft. In an effort to best serve the aviation industry, Pro
Star works in partnership with local dealers and installers in the
United States and internationally.
For more information, contact Jeffrey Shaw on (603) 627
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Global Marketing Manager
Aeronautical Business Unit
T: +1 757 777 7186
T: +45 3955 8835
M: +45 2272 3822