NBAA Convention News

Cobham Safety Services Satcom Meets Bizjet Needs

 - October 18, 2018, 5:11 AM
Cobham’s Aviator 300D satcom offers SwiftBroadband’s safety services plus an IP connection.

Cobham Aerospace Communications is highlighting its SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) satcoms this week at NBAA-BACE 2018 as “the first and only Inmarsat SB-S-approved system available for business jets,” according to the company.

On display at the company's NBAA booth (1260), Cobham’s Aviator 300D and 350D satcoms offer a lower-cost yet efficient means of providing airborne connectivity and datalink communications. Cobham already provides SB-S for commercial airlines, including FANS 1/A compliance, which includes ADS-C and controller-pilot datalink communications (CPDLC).

“SB-S’s always-on/always-ready datalink permits constant satellite communication between pilots and air traffic control,” according to Cobham, “facilitating the real-time sharing of crucial flight data and thus palpably improving operational efficiency and safety.”

For business jets, the Cobham satcom paired with an aircraft interface device (AID) allows passengers to access high-speed satcom services. This is done with a single channel of SB-S, allowing passengers to access websites, send and receive emails, and make voice calls. The AID segregates data so passenger communications are secure, and there is no compromise of safety-critical flight deck data.

“The ability to support cockpit and cabin connectivity via SwiftBroadband makes the Aviator 300D the first system of its type that will support FANS/CPDLC, in addition to providing an IP connection to passengers,” said Scott Beutel, Cobham regional director for satcom aero.