Contract for installation of Cobham SATCOM systems on Boeing 767-300 aircraft is key step in development of next generation IP-based AVIATOR S
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Representing a significant step forward in the approval process for
SwiftBroadband as a safety service, trials are now underway
following the first installations of Cobham SATCOM's AVIATOR
SwiftBroadband satellite communications systems on Hawaiian
Airlines' Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
The agreement for Cobham to equip the Hawaiian fleet is also
important in the development of Cobham's next generation product
family, AVIATOR S, as the system will enable safety services data
as well as EFB updates via IP data to the cockpit.
Paving the way for other airlines and equipment manufacturers,
the FAA-supervised technology demonstration will eventually allow
the fast, efficient transfer of ACARS data messages over
SwiftBroadband, as well as flight deck safety voice and IP
connectivity, enabling other flight enhancing operations and
During the SwiftBroadband safety evaluation period, the AVIATOR
SwiftBroadband system will be used for FANS and CPDLC messaging and
will also be used for data transmission in support of Hawaiian's
new eFLIE, Electronic Flight Bag program (EFBs).
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
"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 the
pilots to obtain real-time information including graphical weather
updates. The connectivity will facilitate dynamic routing to
favourable winds and away from unfavourable weather.
These enhanced features will become the centerpiece of Cobham's
AVIATOR S product family which is designed specifically to leverage
Inmarsat's new SwiftBroadband Safety service and will ensure a
system configuration that can meet the requirements of all aircraft
types. AVIATOR S will be available early 2016 to coincide with
approvals for FANS 1/A services over SwiftBroadband.
The AVIATOR 200S airborne Satcom, the first system to be made
available, features the exceptionally compact HELGA (combined HLD
and Enhanced LGA) antenna which reduces the number of LRUs from
three to two. This first Inmarsat Class 4 terminal by Cobham
enables simultaneous transmission of safety and non-safety services
over the same SwiftBroadband channel. The revolutionary new system
will also afford space and weight savings.
Cobham SATCOM is presenting the advantages and features of its
next generation product family, the AVIATOR S series, at this
year's Aircraft Interiors Expo. Please visit Stand 3B12 for more
For more information, please visit www.cobham.com/satcom.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian® has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for
each of the past 11 years (2004-2014) as reported by the U.S.
Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast
Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have
all ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving
Now in its 86th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawaii's
biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest
provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets
on the U.S. Mainland. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai'i
from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along
with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New
Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides
approximately 160 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands,
with a total of more than 200 daily flights system-wide.
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings,
Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com.
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