Aircraft SATCOM Systems

Cobham Develops AVIATOR 200 STC for King Air Operators

Cobham announces at NBAA 2013 that it is developing a Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for King Air operators for its innovative AVIATOR 200 SwiftBroadband solution.

Inmarsat Classic Aero ServicesLYNGBY, Denmark - Cobham announces at NBAA 2013 that it is developing a Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for King Air operators for its innovative AVIATOR 200 SwiftBroadband solution.


The new certification will be received after cooperation with Cobham SATCOM partner Pro Star Aviation, with the STC set to become available in the United States later this year and an EASA version expected to follow in mid-2014.


The FAA STC includes the activation of the AVIATOR 200's built-in Wi-Fi option, offering access to an extensive range of communication capabilities aboard King Air models B200, B200C and B300 (Super King Air 350).


Cobham's AVIATOR 200 is an exceptionally compact, lightweight system that offers reliable, affordable connectivity to provide users with a range of services including data, video and voice that can be accessed via wired or wireless connections built into the system.


Built-in Wi-Fi capability supports smart phones, tables and laptops for total flexibility, while the small low gain jet blade antenna decreases costs and complexity of aircraft modifications during installation.


Kevin Harriman, Pro Star Aviation General Manager, commented: "The AVIATOR 200 offers the ideal broadband and voice solution and is the perfect choice for King Air operators looking to add the convenience of in-flight broadband access.


"It is practical and affordable, and, with reduced hardware and installation costs, the AVIATOR 200 is everything you need to stay connected."


The AVIATOR 200 is the smallest and lightest system in Cobham's cutting-edge SwiftBroadband product portfolio and utilizes Inmarsat's SwiftBroadband 200 service. AVIATOR 200 simultaneously provides data speeds of up to 200 kbps and a single AMBE 2 channel for voice calls, providing a complete airborne communications solution previously unavailable to aircraft below a certain size.


Kim Gram, Vice President Aeronautical Business Unit, Cobham SATCOM, commented: "The AVIATOR 200 offers in-flight broadband communication to aircraft of virtually any size as it utilizes a low gain antenna.


"Receipt of the King Air FAA STC is another key step forward in making the system available to the widest range of aircraft possible, enabling more users to take advantage of modern in-flight communications."


The AVIATOR 200 certification for its King Air line is the latest STC developed by Pro Star Aviation, which holds various STCs for retrofit upgrades on all types of business aircraft. Pro Star also has an STC for the AVIATOR 200 on the Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.


The full Cobham AVIATOR range includes the new AVIATOR S Series, AVIATOR 700 and 700D, AVIATOR 350 with High Gain Antenna (HGA) and versatile AVIATOR 300 with Intermediate Gain Antenna (IGA).


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About Cobham

Cobham protects lives and livelihoods with its differentiated technology and know-how, operating with a deep insight to customer needs and agility. The Group offers an innovative range of technologies and services to solve challenging problems across commercial, defence and security markets, from deep space to the depths of the ocean. It has market leading positions in air-to-air refuelling; aviation services; audio, video and data communications, including satellite communications; defence electronics; life support and mission equipment. The most important thing Cobham builds is trust.


About Cobham SATCOM

Cobham SATCOM develops, manufactures, sells and supports satellite and radio communication terminals and earth stations for land, marine and airborne applications. With the ever increasing demand for communication, our products and services are used to satisfy the needs of a wide variety of commercial, governmental and recreational applications.


Cobham SATCOM uses state-of-the-art technologies to design affordable, highly reliable high performance systems that have decreased over time in terms of size, weight and power consumption. Our products enable people to stay in touch under the most challenging and demanding conditions. When traditional communication technologies fail, Cobham SATCOM's products will keep providing our customers with high quality voice, data, and multimedia communications.


Our product designs have evolved tremendously during their decades in service in use around the world in a variety of domains and environments. We market under the AVIATOR, EXPLORER, SAILOR® and Sea Tel brands. Please refer to our websites for our list of global distributors and partners. Cobham SATCOM has design, development and manufacturing facilities in Denmark, Norway, South Africa and the USA.


About Pro Star Aviation

Pro Star Aviation, LLC. is an independent Beechcraft Service Center based in the Northeastern U.S. As a full-service installation and maintenance facility, Pro Star also offers avionics service, engineering, ODA and STC support, special missions capabilities, and sales and technical service.


As the area's leading avionics installation facility, Pro Star holds various STCs for retrofit upgrades on all types of business aircraft. In an effort to best serve the aviation industry, Pro Star works in partnership with local dealers and installers in the United States and internationally.


For more information, contact Jeffrey Shaw on (603) 627 7827.


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