Cobham SATCOM’s AVIATOR 300 SwiftBroadband solution has received a Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its installation aboard a range of Airbus aircraft.
LYNGBY, Denmark - Cobham SATCOM's AVIATOR 300
SwiftBroadband solution has received a Federal Aviation Authority
(FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its installation
aboard a range of Airbus aircraft.
Particularly suited to meet the requirements of airlines with
services such as voice and data connectivity, the AVIATOR 300
certification for the A319, A320 and A321 airframe types was
developed by Avionics Support Group Inc. The STC was accomplished
on a private A319CJ aircraft, with plans for its conversion to a
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) or Civil Aviation
Administration of China (CAAC) STC.
300 system improves flight safety and operations by enabling
the airline operations department to stay connected to their
aircraft at all times. It provides services 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.
300 also has the bandwidth to send the real-time data of the
aircraft health monitoring systems, such as engine monitoring, as
well as in-flight entertainment and connectivity for passenger text
messaging and email.
Kim Gram, VP Aeronautical, Cobham SATCOM, said: "This STC is
significant as it means airlines' flight operations departments
will have the ability to access aircraft data in real time from the
ground while the aircraft is in flight, which will significantly
improve flight safety and operational efficiencies. For example, an
airline can send real-time Triggered Fault Warning Indicators
directly to flight ops so they can react pro-actively by organising
the correct maintenance team and parts to meet the aircraft at the
"The STC will also introduce Wi-Fi so that passengers can
benefit by being connected with near global wireless connectivity.
300 will enable them to use smart phones, personal tablets and
laptops for a multitude of applications during all phases of
300 system, which features the compact and lightweight
Intermediate Gain Antenna IGA-5001 to ensure a low profile on the
fuselage, provides for fast and reliable connectivity on the
Inmarsat SwiftBroadband I-4 satellite network. The system supports
high quality, low-cost voice calling and the full complement of
data services and provides near global coverage, on the ground or
in the air.
Further advantages include recurrent maintenance savings due to
the high reliability of the AVIATOR system and recurrent weight
savings (approximately 50 to 150lbs) over traditional legacy SATCOM
Cobham will supply the AVIATOR 300 equipment directly to the
airlines, while the FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA)
installation kits and STC rights can be purchased from Avionics
Support Group Inc.
300 is part of Cobham's cutting-edge SwiftBroadband product
portfolio and provides a cost effective solution for a wide range
of airframes, with a full range of features and options. In
addition to the Airbus aircraft, the system has been certified for
several key aircraft including the Boeing 757, a range of Cessna
aircraft, the Citation X, G200, Embraer 135 (Legacy 600/650) and
Bombardier Challenger 300.
The full Cobham SATCOM AVIATOR range includes the revolutionary
AVIATOR S series, AVIATOR 700 and 700D, AVIATOR 350 with High Gain Antenna
300 with IGA as well as the exceptionally compact and
lightweight AVIATOR 200 with Low Gain Antenna
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.
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Global Marketing Manager
Aeronautical Business Unit
T: +1 757 777 7186