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August 12th, 2014

Cobham SATCOM—Brazil OK's Connectivity For King Air (SATCOM—Airborne)

[SatNews] Cobham SATCOM announced during LABACE that its AVIATOR 200 SwiftBroadband solution has received Administración Nacional de Avianción Civil (ANAC) Brazil Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for installation by King Air operators.

Cobham SATCOM's AVIATOR 200.

The new certification was developed in cooperation with Cobham SATCOM partner Pro Star Aviation and includes the activation of the AVIATOR 200’s built-in Wi-Fi option, offering access to an extensive range of communication capabilities aboard King Air models B200, B200C and B300 (Super King Air 350). The approval of the STC for use of the innovative Cobham system on Brazilian-registered aircraft adds to the FAA (Federal Aviation Authority) and EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) STCs already confirmed for King Air aircraft, which were also developed with Pro Star.

Cobham’s AVIATOR 200 is an exceptionally compact, lightweight system that offers reliable, affordable connectivity to provide users with a range of services including data, video and voice. With built-in Wi-Fi capability, the AVIATOR 200 allows aircraft operators to offer wireless connectivity on board, supporting the use of Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones.

The AVIATOR 200 is the smallest and lightest system in Cobham SATCOM’s cutting-edge SwiftBroadband product portfolio and utilizes Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband 200 service. AVIATOR 200 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.

The AVIATOR 200 certification for its King Air line is the latest certification 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 SATCOM AVIATOR range includes the revolutionary AVIATOR S series, AVIATOR 700 and 700D, AVIATOR 350 with High Gain Antenna (HGA), AVIATOR 300 with Intermediate Gain Antenna as well as the AVIATOR 200 with LGA.

Kevin Harriman, Pro Star Aviation General Manager, said, “The AVIATOR 200 is the perfect choice for King Air operators as it offers the ideal broadband and voice solution and is small and lighter than other solutions. It is practical and affordable, and, with reduced hardware and installation costs, the AVIATOR 200 is everything you need to stay connected.”

Kim Gram, Vice President Aeronautical Business Unit, Cobham SATCOM, said, “The AVIATOR 200 offers in-flight broadband communication to aircraft of virtually any size as it utilizes a low gain antenna. We are particularly pleased to add the Brazilian approval to the FAA and EASA STCs already developed with Pro Star for King Air. This is a world-wide solution which can now benefit many more people. It represents another key step forward in enabling more users to take advantage of modern in-flight communications in the South America region.”

For further information about Cobham SATCOM’s AVIATOR portfolio, please visit http://www.cobham.com/satcom.