AIX2015: Trials continuing for Inmarsat ‘Safety Services’

An Hawaiian Boeing 767-300.
An Hawaiian Boeing 767-300.

Cobham SATCOM says trials are continuing following the installation of its AVIATOR S Inmarsat SwiftBroadband satellite communications systems on Hawaiian Airlines’ Boeing 767-300 aircraft.

AVIATOR S, the “S” standing for “safety’, will enable safety services data as well as EFB updates via IP data to the cockpit.

The FAA-supervised technology demonstration will eventually allow the fast, efficient transfer of ACARS data messages over Inmarsat SwiftBroadband, as well as flight deck safety voice and IP connectivity, enabling other flight-enhancing operations and cockpit services.

During the SwiftBroadband safety evaluation period, the AVIATOR SwiftBroadband system will be used for FANS and CPDLC messaging and data transmission in support of Hawaiian’s new eFLIE, Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) programme.

Kim Gram, Vice President of Cobham SATCOM’s aeronautical business unit, said: “Through these on-going trials, we are continuing to lead the way in the development of the next generation IP-based safety services which is represented by Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband Safety Services and our AVIATOR S product family.

“Using SwiftBroadband IP connectivity for all domains of the aircraft is new to the aviation industry and will provide safer and more efficient flights due to better overall situational awareness and transfer of operational data to and from of the aircraft.”

Hawaiian’s B767s are being retrofitted with Cobham’s current generation AVIATOR SwiftBroadband SATCOM hardware, which includes an IGA-5001 intermediate gain antenna.

The system is capable of providing both voice and data communications with the addition of many enhanced features such as immediate aircraft tracking information and Ethernet ports for connecting devices like Aircraft Interface Devices (AIDs) and Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) for real-time graphical weather updates.

The connectivity will also help facilitate dynamic routing away from unfavourable weather.

Cobham says these enhanced features will become the centre piece of Cobham’s AVIATOR S product family, which is designed specifically to leverage Inmarsat’s new SwiftBroadband Safety Services and will ensure a system configuration that can meet the requirements of all aircraft types.

AVIATOR S will be available in early 2016 to coincide with approvals for FANS 1/A services over SwiftBroadband.

The AVIATOR 200S airborne satcom system, the first system to be made available, features the compact HELGA (combined HLD and Enhanced LGA) antenna, which reduces the number of LRUs from three to two.

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