United Kingdom | May 21, 2014– 328 Design, part of The 328 Group, the Germany-based refurbishment, completions and maintenance aviation specialist, has secured the world‘s first certification of a four-channel Swift Broadband upgrade aboard an Embraer Legacy 600. Installation was completed by customer ABS JETS, following the recent award of EASA certification with FAA and TCCA validation.

Wessling-based 328 Design, overseen by Jőrg Gorkenant, COO, Head of Design for 328, co-operated with ALAMO Engineering GmbH on the development side of aircraft modification and engineering support. Together they performed system configuration and post-installation tests ahead of hand-over to ABS, an Embraer Authorized Service Centre, based in Prague.

The modification included the supply of EMTEQ’s eConnect Wi-Fi Router and Satcom1 AvioIP communication software, which enables a range of advanced communication features provided by Swift Broadband. These include User Management providing VIP and Guests‘ with service profiles to manage data bandwidth; Data compression and acceleration; Dual X-Stream ch12annel aggregation with a guaranteed data speed rate up to 800Kbps; inflight Smartphone voice communication and Audio/Video On Demand WiFi streaming to the passengers’ own mobile devices.

Dave Jackson, Managing Director of 328 comments: “The Swift Broadband certification on the first Legacy 600 demonstrates our Group’s growing capabilities on certification work, where an increasing number of operators and suppliers are contacting us for our expertise.”