[Avionics Magazine 06-24-2016] Cobham Aerospace Communications has been awarded a contract by Airbus to supply its new Inmarsat SB200 Evolution service (Class 4) Safety System, the Aviator 200S and 700S, for the Original Equipment Manufacturer's (OEM) single aisle and long-range aircraft families. Under the contract, potentially worth $200 million according to Cobham, Airbus aircraft will begin being equipped with this technology beginning in 2018.
Cockpit avionics displays. Photo: Cobham Aerospace Communications.
The Aviator 200S aims to provide voice and data air-ground communication for the Aircraft Control Domain (ACD) and the Airline Information Services Domain (AISD) as well as to the Passenger Information and Entertainment Services Domain (PIESD) in its alternate configuration (AVIATOR 700S). It connects ACD applications to high-priority air-ground communication channels for regulated communications between pilots and Air Traffic Control, as well as providing independent air-ground communications for other aircraft systems such as Electronic Flight-Bags (EFBs), In-Flight Entertainment (IFE), cabin distribution and other connected off-board networks.