Cobham showcases AVIATOR S for SB-S in Munich

Cobham's Debbie de Beer and the small AVIATOR S antenna.
Cobham’s Debbie de Beer and the small AVIATOR S antenna.

Cobham Satcom is showing its compact AVIATOR S terminal for Inmarsat SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) at the “Connected Aircraft” event in Munich.

The small, lightweight, HELGA (HLD and Enhanced LGA) antenna reduces the required number of LRUs on the aircraft from four to two and enables real-time, secure inflight connectivity.

The Cobham AVIATOR S equipment can provide FANS 1/A Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance Contract (ADS-C) capability as well as IP data to electronic flight bags (EFBs) in the cockpit.

The ACARS and IP data pipes allow network integration with a portfolio of data hosting and transmitting components on the aircraft such as the onboard maintenance computers and devices used by the crew to service passengers.

The system will also meet the requirement for FANS 1/A operation and satisfy expected requirements for NextGen and Link2000+.

The AVIATOR S systems provides faster communications, continual positional awareness for flight tracking, flight data streaming and real-time applications, such as networked graphical weather.

Other benefits of the service include enhanced airline safety with services such as “Black Box in the Cloud”, as well as asset utilisation, security and operational efficiency in the form of more fuel-efficient routes and the ability to transmit vital aircraft performance and positioning data in real time.

Inmarsat SB-S entered commercial service in April 2018 as the “first and only global aviation broadband solution for operations and safety communications”, providing airlines worldwide with secure visibility into their operations.

Cobham and Boeing recently signed a Technical Service Agreement (TSA) for the certification of Cobham’s AVIATOR 200S system on the Boeing 777X and 737 MAX aircraft.

The agreement provides a Boeing line-fit option for Aviator 200S, which provides Inmarsat’s new-generation SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) service to airline customers worldwide.

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