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January 22nd, 2014

Cobham SATCOM... Works With A Star To Service A King (SATCOM)

[SatNews] "...offers in-flight broadband communication to aircraft of virtually any size as it utilizes a low gain antenna."

Cobham SATCOM’s innovative AVIATOR 200 SwiftBroadband solution has received a Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its use aboard King Air 200 and 300 series aircraft.

Cobham SATCOM's Aviator 200
Developed in cooperation with Cobham SATCOM partner Pro Star Aviation, the new certification covers the installation of the AVIATOR 200 in Beechcraft Corporation King Air models B200, B200C and B300 (Super King Air 350) aircraft.

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.

The AVIATOR 200 is the smallest and lightest system in Cobham’s cutting-edge SwiftBroadband product portfolio and 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, tablets 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 is an excellent broadband and voice solution. The perfect match for our customers in terms of price and broadband coverage, it is ideal for King Air operators looking to add the convenience of in-flight broadband access.

King Air 200 aircraft

“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 utilizes Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband 200 service. It 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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Cobham technologies and services address commercial, defense and security markets, from deep space to the depths of the ocean, and provides air-to-air refueling; aviation services; audio, video and data communications, including satellite communications; defense electronics; life support and mission equipment.

Cobham SATCOM develops, manufactures, sells and supports satellite and radio communication terminals and Earth stations for land, marine and airborne applications to a wide variety of commercial, governmental and recreational applications.

Cobham SATCOM's technologies' improvements have decreased their overall footprints in terms of size, weight and power consumption. Cobham SATCOM provides voice, data, and multimedia communications when traditional communication technologies fail. heir products are marketed under the AVIATOR, EXPLORER, SAILOR® and Sea Tel brands.

Pro Star Aviation, LLC. is an independent Beechcraft Service Center based in the Northeastern U.S. that offers avionics service, engineering, ODA and STC support, special missions capabilities, and sales and technical service.