If you’re an avid Connected Aviation Today reader, you know that connectivity is not just about creating a better experience in the cabin; it’s also about optimizing cockpit communications. We’ve spoken at length with various aviation industry experts about the importance of reliable connectivity on the flight deck and how it affects every aspect of travel, and Inmarsat’s recent introduction of SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) to the commercial side speaks to that sentiment.
According to Inmarsat’s recent press release around the announcement, “The next-generation satellite IP platform is designed to meet the needs of aviation data communications in the digital age and offers airlines game-changing visibility into their airline operations.”
As the industry continues to evolve, new protocols like IP are being added to traditional ones such as VHF, providing airlines, air traffic control (ATC) and satellite providers with a diversity of links and the ability to handle aviation’s expanding data requirements.
Beyond its communication capabilities, SwiftBroadband-Safety allows airlines to more effectively leverage all of the rich data resulting from each and every flight and helps reduce fuel costs and CO2 emissions. Data streaming also helps inform weather reports and real-time flight tracking, which enhances aviation safety.
Captain Mary McMillan, Inmarsat Aviation Vice President of Safety and Operational Services, said in the release, “With SB-S in commercial service, the aviation industry can now fully realize the benefits of the connected aircraft – driving greater efficiency in airline operations, while leading the way for the future of aviation safety.”
SwiftBroadband-Safety’s expansion into the commercial aviation space points to the overarching trend of airlines effectively leveraging the massive amounts of data they have at their disposal and creating a safer, more efficient flying experience for both passengers and the crew. Effective data communication is pushing the aviation industry forward on all fronts, including in the cabin, in the control tower, and most certainly, on the flight deck.