Cobham Satcom’s AVIATOR 300D terminal for Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband service has received a Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installation aboard the Airbus aircraft A319, A320 and A321.
The 300D on the Airbus single-aisle aircraft will improve communications, inflight connectivity and flight safety onboard.
The benefits to the cabin crew include the ability to use their Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) via the cabin Wi-Fi for credit card processing and crew voice calls, while pilots will be able to stay connected with airline operations.
The certification includes the activation of the AVIATOR 300D’s built-in Wi-Fi option, which offers access to a range of communications capabilities for both the cockpit and cabin crew.
The STC also allows for the use of AVIATOR Wired or Wi-Fi handsets to contact MedAire’s MedLink Global Response Centre when a medical situation arises during the flight.
The AVIATOR 300D enables cockpit connectivity for ACARS over SwiftBroadband on the Airbus aircraft, improving flight safety and operations by enabling the airline operations department to stay connected to their aircraft at all times.
Using Inmarsat SwiftBroadband IP data and voice over IP (VoIP) capabilities, the AVIATOR 300D provides services such as aircraft flight tracking information and Ethernet ports for connecting devices such as Aircraft Interface Devices (AIDs) and Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) for the pilots to obtain real-time information including graphical weather updates.
Cockpit Voice is enabled by a PTA-12 dialler for pilot voice communications.
The certified Cobham system for the Airbus aircraft is a compact two MCU-sized SwiftBroadband unit with a flange-mounted Diplexer Low Noise Amplifier which connects to an IGA-5001 SwiftBroadband Intermediate Gain Antenna.
The STC also certifies two cabin Wi-Fi antennas for installation in the cabin.
The STC is developed and owned by Avionics Support Group Inc (ASG), who also developed the certification for the Cobham SATCOM AVIATOR 300 solution for the same Airbus airframe types last year.
The AVIATOR 300D is part of Cobham’s SwiftBroadband product portfolio, which provides a cost-effective solution for a wide range of airframes, with a full range of features and options.
The full Cobham SATCOM AVIATOR range includes the revolutionary AVIATOR S series, AVIATOR 700 and 700D, AVIATOR 350 with High Gain Antenna (HGA), AVIATOR 300 and 300D with IGA as well as the exceptionally compact and lightweight AVIATOR 200 with Low Gain Antenna (LGA).