In the highly connected world of today, cockpit and cabin connectivity are becoming increasingly important for both airline operations and passenger service. For the pilots, cockpit Satellite Communications (SATCOM) systems can be a backup communications means in addition to HF communications, provide oceanic FANS-1 connectivity, and provide an internet connection for updated operational information to be sent to and from the aircraft. For the airlines, cabin connectivity is a source of ancillary revenue and a means for them to create differentiation from their competitors.
GVH Aerospace was presented with the challenge of designing and integrating an INMARSAT intermediate gain antenna and satellite modem into the Boeing 737NG aircraft. The SATCOM equipment OEM required an approved modification for integrating the SATCOM services into the front cockpit services to provide internet connectivity for the pilots and cabin crew.
GVH Aerospace rose to the challenge and worked closely with the OEM and the airline to design the modification, and completed the system functional and EMI/EMC testing for the airline to commence initial operational trials.