Cobham Satcom Aviator 300 Certified for Bombardier Challenger 300


EBACE Geneva, Switzerland and Linbgy, Denmark | May 22, 2013– Cobham SATCOM has announced on the second day of EBACE that its versatile SwiftBroadband communication solution, AVIATOR 300, has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installation on Bombardier’s Challenger 300.

The compact and lightweight system with Intermediate Gain Antenna (IGA) has been approved for installation by Cobham SATCOM partner Aero-Dienst GmbH & Co.KG and includes the system’s use for in-flight Wi-Fi aboard the popular super-midsize business jet.

The announcement follows yesterday’s confirmation that the AVIATOR 300 has received a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) STC for its use aboard the Cessna 550, 550 Bravo and S550. The system has now been certified for several key aircraft including the Citation X, G200 and Embraer 135 (Legacy 600/650).

A single solution for simultaneous global voice and high speed data, the AVIATOR 300 will allow the large corporate operator to offer wireless connectivity on-board the Challenger 300, to support the use of Wi-Fi enabled devices such as laptops, tablets and smart phones.

“We are delighted to announce the receipt of an STC for use of Cobham’s AVIATOR 300 on-board the Bombardier Challenger 300,” said Martin Bauer, Managing Director of Aero-Dienst.

“The AVIATOR 300 is the perfect solution because it offers a complete broadband solution for both voice and data, with fast and reliable connectivity, but is also sufficiently small and lightweight with a low profile which is ideal for the Challenger 300.”

AVIATOR 300 is half the size and weight of traditional communications systems and provides connectivity to support applications including calling, emailing, browsing and video streaming to the office on the ground. The IGA installation provides full SwiftBroadband capabilities with data speeds up to 332 kbps.

Henri Broussalian, Sales Director EMEA for Cobham SATCOM, said: “The AVIATOR 300 is extremely versatile and has proven capability in a variety of environments, such as business, military, government and air transport operations. This STC is another advance towards increasing the system’s availability to the huge range of relevant users who will be able to benefit from modern in-flight communications in the future.”

The AVIATOR 300 is part of Cobham’s cutting-edge SwiftBroadband product portfolio and provides a cost effective solution for a wide range of airframes, with a full range of features and options.

The flexible modes of operation means that users can choose Quality of Service (QoS), which ensures guaranteed bandwidth in steps on a pay-per-minute basis, or the always-on background connection, where cost depends on the amount of data transferred.

Business aviation specialists Aero-Dienst took over registration and maintenance for the Challenger 300 just over four years ago. Tagged ‘the flying office’, the 68.7 ft corporate jet can accommodate eight to ten passengers and is known as a worldwide leader in its segment due to its exceptional reliability, performance and wide cabin comfort.

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