Rockwell Collins Teams With Hawaiian Airlines and Inmarsat to Begin Evaluation of SwiftBroadband for Safety Services
Rockwell Collins announced that its ARINC aviation communications network is playing a central role in enabling Hawaiian Airlines’ operational evaluation of the Future Air Navigation Systems (FANS) using Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband (SBB) service.
SBB enables voice and ACARS/FANS data transmissions when aircraft are flying over oceans, improving safety and efficiency in oceanic airspace.
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“Rockwell Collins is proud to be involved in enabling another aviation first for flight safety as well as helping our vision of the connected aircraft become a reality,” said David Poltorak, vice president, Aviation and Network Services for Rockwell Collins. “Beyond enhancing safety, the growth of broadband connectivity for the flight deck will provide exciting opportunities to bring new flight-enhancing operations and cockpit services to airlines. Many of these services will require significant amounts of data to be delivered to and from the aircraft, which we are well positioned to handle now and in the future.”
“SwiftBroadband Safety will have a significant impact on our flight operations,” said Ken Rewick, vice president of flight operations for Hawaiian Airlines. “In addition to gaining an upgraded path to FANS, we’re also in a position to implement Electronic Flight Bag and Airline Operational Communication applications such as timely weather updates, reroutes and fuel planning over a broadband channel. As a long time Rockwell Collins customer, we are pleased to be using the ARINC aviation communications network to enable this important evaluation.”
“This will be the first time the industry, and particularly the air navigation service providers, will be able to experience the performance of the Rockwell Collins service via the Cobham terminal utilizing our leading satellite communications offering,” said Mary McMillan, vice president of Safety and Operational Services at Inmarsat. “We’re very pleased to be partnering with these leaders in the aviation technology and service business to bring this revolutionary new service to airlines.”
The trial is being conducted for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Performance-based operations Aviation Rulemaking Committee (PARC) Communications Working Group (CWG).
Rockwell Collins is the Inmarsat SBB service provider for the evaluation. The Rockwell Collins ARINC aviation communications network establishes the links and provides a managed service between the Inmarsat ground stations that enable the aircraft to seamlessly communicate and exchange ACARS, CPDLC and IP connectivity with Hawaiian Airlines’ host systems, ground crews and regulatory agencies anywhere in the world without interruption.
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