Cobham and Boeing Partner for NextGen/IRIS-Capable SATCOM Solution

Cobham Aerospace Communications and Boeing have teamed to install Cobham’s NextGen/IRIS-capable AVIATOR S SATCOM system on a 737-9 operated by Alaska Airlines.  The system is part of Boeing’s ongoing, multi-aircraft ecoDemonstrator Program, which seeks to leverage a variety of emerging technologies to boost aircraft performance, maximize flight efficiency, and improve the passenger experience.

Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator program focuses on three areas: Innovation, Collaboration, and Acceleration of new technologies into its products and services.  Cobham Aerospace Communications’ AVIATOR S contributes to the digital solutions and environmental sustainability objectives by improving cockpit activities through connectivity. 

Enabling aircraft communications over the ATN/IPS (Aeronautical Telecommunications Network / Internet Protocol Suite) protocol, AVIATOR S enables safety services like FANS 1/A and 4D trajectory guidance (like NextGen and IRIS) over SwiftBroadband, and enables improved communication with Air Traffic Control.  By optimizing flight routes, the number of aircraft in holding patterns above airports are minimized, fuel consumption is reduced, and the number of delayed flights decreases, heightening passenger satisfaction. 

Cobham’s AVIATOR S family of SATCOM systems is suitable for all single-aisle and wide-body commercial transport aircraft.  It’s flexible, configurable, and operates across two separate and secure domains:

• Aircraft Information Service Domain (AISD) – For Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) and flight data streaming

• Aircraft Control Domain (ACD): For multiple voice channels, CPDLC, ADS-C – FANS 1/A, and ACARS

Eiji Kawaishi, CEO, Cobham Aerospace Communications, said: “Cobham is proud that our AVIATOR S SATCOM System has been selected for groundbreaking ecoDemonstrator initiative, and we look forward to the evolution of the program and to the further growth of our partnership with Boeing.”  

About Cobham Aerospace Communications

Cobham Aerospace Communications is a leading supplier of airborne avionics systems in the fields of satellite communications, audio/radio management, antennas, lights, clocks, and man-machine interfaces. We are an international company with headquarters in Rungis (Paris), France, and operate multiple sites in France, the United States, Canada, South Africa, and Denmark, with sales offices in Singapore, China and India. Through its unique technologies, Cobham Aerospace Communications has established strong and long-standing partnerships with many of the world’s leading manufacturers of commercial and regional aircraft; business jets; general aviation aircraft; military trainer, transport, and fighter aircraft; helicopters; and UAVs.

About Boeing

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