Lyngby, Denmark | July 14, 2014– Cobham SATCOM’s AVIATOR 300 SwiftBroadband terminal has received a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its use aboard Boeing 757 aircraft.

The STC, developed by Cobham SATCOM partner Scandinavian Avionics, includes the installation and activation of the AVIATOR 300’s built-in Wi-Fi option, which offers access to an extensive range of communications capabilities.

Michael R Truelsen, President at Scandinavian Avionics, commented: “We are very pleased to complete the successful installation and testing of the AVIATOR 300 and to announce the award of the EASA STC on the Boeing 757.”

Kim Gram, VP Aeronautical, Cobham SATCOM, added: “We are delighted to report this STC for such an exceptionally well-known and versatile aircraft as the Boeing 757. We have many commercial customers already using Cobham antenna systems, but this STC for the Boeing 757 establishes AVIATOR SwiftBroadband as a significant communication option for commercial transport operators.

“With the AVIATOR 300 aboard, passengers are able to benefit from global wireless internet connectivity the minute they walk on board, enabling them to use smart phones, personal tablets and laptops for a multitude of applications during all phases of flight.”

The AVIATOR 300 features a compact and lightweight Intermediate Gain Antenna (IGA) to ensure a low profile on the fuselage. With data speeds up to 332 kbps, the system provides for fast and reliable connectivity on Inmarsat SwiftBroadband services, supporting high quality, low-cost voice calling and the full complement of data services.

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. In addition to the Boeing 757, the system has been certified for several key aircraft including the Airbus 319, 320 and 321, Cessna 550, 550 Bravo and S550, Citation X, G200, Embraer 135 (Legacy 600/650) and Bombardier Challenger 300.

The full Cobham SATCOM AVIATOR range includes the revolutionary AVIATOR S series, AVIATOR 700 and 700D, AVIATOR 350 with High Gain Antenna (HGA), AVIATOR 300 with IGA as well as the exceptionally compact and lightweight AVIATOR 200 with Low Gain Antenna (LGA).

  • 787-inspired large-format display system dramatically enhances situational awareness, decreases maintenance costs, and improves fuel efficiency

Cedar Rapids, Iowa | July 7, 2014– Rockwell Collins has received an initial Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) supplemental type certificate (STC) for its Boeing 757/767 large-format display flight deck retrofit. The STC is a result of the collaboration between Rockwell Collins and Boeing.

“There are hundreds of Boeing 757s and 767s flying today that have a lot of life left in the airframe and new airspace mandates are driving changes in the flight deck that demand displays with greater viewing area, along with additional throughput and memory,” said Steve Timm, vice president and general manager, Air Transport Systems for Rockwell Collins. “The flight deck transformation we’re providing with Boeing modernizes these flight decks, taking the aircraft into the next decade and beyond.”

The 757/767 upgrade, inspired by Rockwell Collins’ advanced flight deck technology on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, features three large-format LCD displays that replace six cathode ray tube (CRT) displays and numerous analog instruments to provide operators with a number of benefits, including:

  • The only display retrofit available with engine-indicating and crew-alerting system (EICAS) data on LCD displays
  • Enhanced flight crew situational awareness gained from 15.1-inch displays
  • Maintenance savings driven by significant increase in new display system reliability
  • Improved fuel efficiency from 150-pound flight deck weight reduction
  • A platform to incorporate future safety-enhancing technology such as airport taxi maps, data link weather, surface guidance, and synthetic and enhanced vision systems
  • Aircraft life extension by proactively managing CRT obsolescence
  • Display commonality with Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 737 MAX aircraft, which reduces required training and associated cost for air carriers with a mixed fleet.

In addition, Rockwell Collins’ Head-up Guidance System (HGS™) is available for the Boeing 757/767 aftermarket, which further enhances situational awareness and provides more efficient operations through all phases of flight, including departures and approaches in low-visibility conditions, thunderstorm diversion, and quick, at-a-glance flight path monitoring.

For more information about Rockwell Collins’ Boeing 757/767 flight deck retrofit, contact the Rockwell Collins sales and marketing team.