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Cobham and Avionica provide SB-S business jet solution

Posted 10 October 2017 · Add Comment

Cobham SATCOM and Avionica have joined forces to provide the industry's smallest and lightest Inmarsat satcom solution for simultaneous cockpit and cabin communications.

Providing an innovative method for segregation of safety (FANS/CPDLC) and non-safety related voice and data connectivity over a single channel of SwiftBroadband, the complete connectivity option brings Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) technology platform to the business jet market.

The new joint solution combines Cobham’s AVIATOR 300D satcom system with Avionica’s avWIFI intelligent router, enabling operators to take advantage of SB-S for FANS/CPDLC/ADC-S/ACARS/Cockpit Voice, while still benefiting from SwiftBroadband in the cabin for non-safety related voice and data use. FANS/CPDLC/ADC-S/ACARS messaging can be safely and securely segregated via the Avionica avWIFI intelligent router from non-safety related voice/data for passenger use, all via a single channel of SwiftBroadband.

Scott Beutel, Regional Director for Cobham SATCOM, said: “It’s exciting to leverage our SB-S success with the airlines and bring this technology to the Business Jet market. With its fuselage-mounted intermediate gain antenna, the AVIATOR 300D will provide a connectivity option to operators at a price point well below historical high gain antenna solutions and offer more connectivity flexibility than other systems.”

Sean Reilly, Vice President of Business Development, Avionica, said: “We are excited to team with Cobham SATCOM to bring a complete aircraft connectivity solution, including SB-S, to the Business Jet Market. The avWIFI provides the secure data segregation needed for the AVIATOR 300D to support both cockpit (FANS/CPDLC) and cabin (non-safety voice/data) connectivity. The avWIFI is the smallest and lightest product on the market available to support such data segregation while also providing WiFi.”

Cobham and Avionica recently completed integration testing at Cobham’s facility in Virginia Beach, VA, and Cobham SATCOM is currently evaluating STC opportunities for key aircraft types such as Falcons, Challengers and Gulfstreams.


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