Cobham SATCOM’s AVIATOR 300 SwiftBroadband system is to be certified on Shenzhen Airlines’ Boeing 737-800 fleet. Cobham has partnered with Southeast Aerospace (SEA), China Trancomm, Inmarsat and Delta G Design to develop the FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) and CAAC Validation of Supplemental Type Certificate (VSTC).
The AVIATOR 300 system will be fitted with Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband Safety capability for Airline Operational Communications (AOC) messaging on the Boeing 737NG aircraft, to meet airlines growing demand for continuous secure data exchange between their ground operations and their aircraft. The Cobham terminal will also interface to the airplane’s existing Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), allowing the flight deck data messages to be carried over Inmarsat SwiftBroadband.
The new technology featured in the AVIATOR 300 will enable Shenzhen Airlines to comply with the Civil Aviation Authority of China’s (CAAC) mandate requiring airlines to operate and control voice communications independent of Air Traffic Control within four minutes, Cobham says.
The AVIATOR 300 features a compact and lightweight Intermediate Gain Antenna (IGA) to ensure a low profile on the fuselage. With data speeds up to 332 kbps, the system provides for fast and reliable connectivity on Inmarsat SwiftBroadband services, supporting high quality, low-cost voice calling and the full complement of data services.
The system has been certified for several key aircraft including the Boeing 757, Airbus 319, 320 and 321, Cessna 550, 550 Bravo and S550, Citation X, G200, Embraer 135 (Legacy 600/650) and Bombardier Challenger 300.