Hawaiian Airlines is working with the FAA, Cobham, Inmarsat and Rockwell Collins to test a new broadband satellite communications technology.
The carrier has this week started flying a 767 with Cobham’s new AVIATOR 300D SwiftBroadband system installed.
The equipment enables the transmission of voice and data communications via Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband system, which previously has only been used for cabin entertainment.
The FAA-supervised trial will see the new high-speed communications system assessed against ICAO’s “GOLD” FANS datalink standard.
Flights using the system were launched after the FAA granted an STC cover the installation of the AVIATOR 300D on 767-200, 300 and 300F aircraft.
Consultancy firm L2 managed the certification process, engineered the integration solution and produced the installation kits.