New IP capabilities enhance situational awareness, safety and fuel management on Hawaiian Airlines aircraft
LYNGBY, Denmark - Leading manufacturer of
satellite communication solutions Cobham SATCOM and WxOps Inc. have
supplied systems and software to support Hawaiian Airlines new
Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) program.
To create the airplane-dispatch network called 'eFLIE', Hawaiian
reached out to Cobham for the satellite communication terminals and
WxOps for Command, Control, Communications & Computer (C4)
The Cobham SATCOM system provides a single channel of
SwiftBroadband Safety with prioritized ACARS/FANS over IP. The
system also provides a background IP channel used for dispatch and
flight crews to exchange higher bandwidth data in interesting new
ways. Hawaiian's EFB system was designed to create an information
sharing network to enhance safety and fuel management in real time
during all phases of flight.
Inmarsat SwiftBroadband Saftey (SB-S) background channel of IP
enables new capabilities including airplane to airplane chat,
dispatch/airplane networking and transfer of larger operational and
graphic files including weather both surface and aloft, the current
ATC environment and up to date airport information.
Mark Spence, WxOps CEO, said: "All the partners on this project
have been working really hard and the results at the half way point
of the project are excellent."
Ken Rewick, VP Operations at Hawaiian Airlines, added: "The
outcome of this program will result in some of the closest
monitored aircraft in the world with the ability to see real bottom
line ROI's for operational efficiencies."
Cobham SATCOM Air Transport Sales Manager Brian Anderson, who
works closely with Hawaiian, also added: "The AVIATOR 300D system
provides one system capable of both AOC IP data and ACARS/FANS over
IP along with ICAO safety voice, all from a 2 MCU LRU."
As an enthusiastic adopter of FANS and CPDLC, Hawaiian
recognized the benefits of a connected cockpit and improvement to
the man-machine interface are possible. It was established
that over the oceans the use of spaced base ADS-B and ADS-C would
be needed, but the data elements contained in these ADS position
reports could be enhanced. To supplement, Hawaiian pulls data
derived directly from each airplane and distributes this data
across its airplane to airplane network and dispatch. Aircraft data
currently being tested includes: ARINC 834, ARINC 429, ARINC
Last year, Cobham SATCOM announced that their AVIATOR 300D
enabled in-air connected EFBs for the first time over Inmarsat's
new SwiftBroadband Safety (SB-S). The real time EFB capability was
achieved as part of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
supervised technology evaluation on the flight deck.
Cobham is attending the 2017 AEEC/AMC, May 1-4, Milwaukee,
Wisconsin where visitors are invited to talk about Cobham SATCOM's
About Cobham SATCOM
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Our satellite and radio communication terminals perform in the
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from deep space to the depths of the ocean.
WxOps® was founded in 2010 to develop and
commercialize Command, Control, Communications & Computer
(C4) systems for use by Government and Industry. WxOps® also
provides data products and services to transportation and logistics
companies. WxOps holds several patents and patents pending for
products in the areas of Geospatial, C4, Clear Air Turbulence
and logistics tracking.
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