Cobham Certifies Aviator Satcom For Citation II

 - May 22, 2013, 2:30 PM
Cobham Satcom is adding STCs for new Inmarsat SwiftBroadband satellite communications system installations. The latest covers Cessna’s Citation 550, 550 Bravo and S550 models. (Photo: Mark Phelps)

Cobham Satcom (formerly Thrane & Thrane, Booth 2107) has announced that its Aviator 300 SwiftBroadband solution has been approved by EASA under a supplemental type certificate (STC) for installation in the Cessna 550, 550 Bravo and S550.

The STC was developed in partnership with Danish company Scandinavian Avionics (Booth 373). The companies are also looking at certifying the system for additional aircraft in the Citation family, such as the 500, 552 and 560. SwiftBroadband is already approved for the Citation X, Embraer Legacy 600/650 and Bombardier Challenger 300.

Aviator 300 is one of a range of Inmarsat SwiftBroadband satcom systems offered by Cobham Satcom and employs an intermediate-gain antenna in a low-profile fuselage installation, offering a data rate of up to 332 kbps. As part of the STC, Wi-Fi functionality in the cabin is approved, as is a handset for voice communications with the ground. Cobham Satcom also produces the lightweight Aviator 200 with a low-gain antenna and the larger and higher-data rate Aviator 350 and 700/700D systems, which uses a Cobham high-gain antenna.