Cobham developing STC for SwiftBroadband Safety on B737

Cobham Satcom's AVIATOR 300D for Inmarsat SwiftBroadband.
Cobham Satcom’s AVIATOR 300D.

Cobham Satcom’s AVIATOR 300 Inmarsat 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.

The Cobham terminal will also interface to the airplane’s existing Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), allowing 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.

Inmarsat SwiftBroadband

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 fast and reliable connectivity on Inmarsat SwiftBroadband services, supporting high-quality, low-cost voice calling and a 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.

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