Avionica To Develop Swift Broadband Safety Terminal

Aerospace Daily & Defense Report Jun 17, 2019 , p. 7
Bill Carey

Avionica will develop a new lightweight satellite communications (satcom) terminal for Inmarsat’s Swift Broadband Safety (SBS) service, the companies announced on June 17.

The new terminal, available in 2020, has been designed for the retrofit market to give airlines the option of equipping their existing fleets with an internet protocol based, Lband satcom service that provides connectivity for operational and safety applications.

In May, Inmarsat announced that SBS had received final FAA approval for use in safety critical air traffic services applications, including controller pilot data link communications. Cobham and Honeywell are among other avionics manufacturers building or developing SBS terminals.

SBS will enable an aircraft to offboard operational information drawn from Avionica’s wireless data collection and transmission devices, which provide access to flight information, such as engine and aircraft health data, wherever the aircraft is operating around the world. Miami based Avionica, part of GE Aviation, pairs its devices with the latter’s data analytics applications.

“We are excited for the opportunity to bring Inmarsat’s next generation IP satcom technology to aircraft that traditionally did not have broadband service because the terminals were too large or expensive,” said Sean Reilly, Avionica vice president of business development. “With Avionica’s suite of data gathering capabilities and GE Aviation’s variety of applications such as FlightPulse and Connected Flight Management System, we can enhance the pilot’s user experience and get data off the aircraft for enhanced diagnostic operational efficiency,” Reilly added.

Avionica also announced that its aviONS onboard network server has been approved by the FAA for cybersecure connectivity and application hosting across airline information services, passenger and aircraft control domains.

The aviONS system is a data processing and storage device with up to 1 terabyte of solid state drive capacity that connects the flight deck with an airline’s data network.

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