Aircraft SATCOM Systems

Cobham solution helps enable EFB in-air ‘first’

Hawaiian’s Boeing 767-300 fleet equipped with Cobham SATCOM AVIATOR 300D and Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband-Safety service enables Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) applications and voice and data connectivity simultaneously

03 November 2016: LYNGBY, Denmark - Cobham has announced that its AVIATOR 300D satellite communications solution and Inmarsat's SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) has enabled in-air connected Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) for the first time.


The live EFB capability was achieved as part of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) supervised technology evaluation with Hawaiian Airlines (HAL) to monitor the transmission of communications data over SB-S.

For the evaluation, HAL has equipped its fleet of Boeing 767-300 aircraft with the current generation of Cobham AVIATOR avionics and Inmarsat SB-S service, representing the first-ever commercial flights to utilise Inmarsat's next generation, IP-based broadband service on the flight deck.


With data already being successfully collected during the on-going evaluation using the Cobham Compact Satellite Data Unit (CSDU), the latest advancement confirms the AVIATOR/SB-S system can also be used to channel ACARS data to and from the pilot's EFB via UTC Aerospace Systems' Aircraft Data Management (ADM) including the Aircraft Interface Device (AID), and Tablet Interface Module (TIM®). This further supports the ultimate objective to use broadband technology and avionics for data transmission in support of Hawaiian's new eFLIE EFB program.


The technology breakthrough being announced today takes the EFB to a new level by allowing pilots to obtain real-time information while in flight, rather than waiting for downloads while on the ground. Applications include graphical weather, telemedicine, passenger data, aircraft documentation, and more.


These enhanced features will become the centrepiece of Cobham's AVIATOR S product family which is designed specifically to leverage Inmarsat's new SB-S service and will ensure a system configuration that can meet the requirements of all aircraft types.


Andy Beers, Global Sales Director for Cobham SATCOM said: "As a result of our program with Hawaiian Airlines and Inmarsat, the connected EFB is now a reality. EFB connectivity will have huge implications for the industry, allowing for a host of applications to transmit time-critical data quickly and effectively while in flight."


"This is a big step forward, both for Cobham and Inmarsat, in the FAA's evaluation process of SwiftBroadband-Safety and in the development of our next generation satcom product family, AVIATOR S. We are proud to be playing a major role in transforming the flight deck into a fully connected work environment through our innovative line of SwiftBroadband- powered satcom systems. We are confident that the world's airlines will embrace the concept of a fully connected flight deck as it will provide them with a new level of improved operations which will translate into an improved financial bottom line."


"This represents a true paradigm shift," says Inmarsat Aviation's VP of Safety and Operational Services, Captain Mary McMillan. "The SwiftBroadband-Safety platform, delivered via AVIATOR S avionics, increases the level of information and knowledge that pilots use every day on the flight deck by orders of magnitude. Having information like networked graphical weather in flight is a real game changer. It will boost the efficiency of flights, improve safety, and make flights more punctual."


Cobham SATCOM's upcoming AVIATOR S product line will offer smaller, lighter, and more powerful satcom solutions to the airline industry and addresses the growing demand from airlines for continuous secure data exchange between their ground operations and their aircraft.



Watch Hawaiian Airlines pilots and Flight Operations leadership talk about the benefits of IP broadband in the flight deck in this video


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