More than 100 Dassault Falcons have now been upgraded to Cobham SATCOM’s AVIATOR 700D retrofit solution for the Aero-HSD+ equipped aircraft.
The AVIATOR 700D system supports a wide range of communications applications in both the cockpit and cabin including in-flight Wi-Fi and voice calling.
At EBACE2015, Cobham said it is a cost-effective and easy replacement for existing Level-E AVIATOR 700 and Aero-HSD+ systems.
The upgrade programme, which has minimal impact on the aircraft wiring and structure, has resulted in benefits for customers using a range of Dassault Falcon jets, including the Falcon 900EX EASy and Falcon 2000EX EASy, and Falcon 7X.
The certified solution is fully CPDLC FANS 1/A compliant, bringing critical safety, navigational and performance data directly into the cockpit to reduce pilot workload, increase efficiency and improve overall operational safety.
Providing both Inmarsat Classic and SwiftBroadband (SBB) services in one integrated system, AVIATOR 700D introduces high speed data services using an HGA antenna for increased reliability and connectivity for customers.
Kim Gram, Vice President of Cobham SATCOM’s aeronautical business unit, said: “We are pleased to announce that more than 100 customers are now experiencing the benefits of upgrading to our FANS-compliant AVIATOR 700D system, which include fuel and time savings, increased aircraft longevity, cockpit connection, and increased cabin data connectivity for voice calls, as well as the use of smartphones and tablets and entertainment.
“As a tried and tested, certified solution, we continue to receive positive feedback about the system’s performance and capability to demonstrate complete functionality of the cockpit data, as well as easy integration with the aircraft’s existing systems.”
Dassault Falcon Jet-owned Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) has conducted more than 65 Falcon upgrades to the AVIATOR 700D representing a 60% worldwide market share for the service centre network.
The success of the AVIATOR 700D as a FANS and SBB solution for the EASy Falcon fleet has resulted in Dassault Falcon Jet certifying the retrofit solution for Legacy Falcons as part of the company’s Next Gen programs.
Dassault Falcon Jet MRO has already developed, certified and installed an AVIATOR 700D STC for Falcon 900EX, and has a range of STCs for AVIATOR 300 and 350 systems.
Cobham SATCOM has also already been selected by Dassault for the supply of its HGA-6000 satcom antenna for the new Falcon 5X and 8X aircraft.