Rockwell Collins' high-speed SATCOM system has received Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certification (STC)
on the Falcon 50, 900 and 900EX.
This is the first STC installation that permits
the use of Aero safety services in the flight deck and simultaneous
voice and high-speed data in the cabin. This is made possible
through a Rockwell Collins proprietary software management system
that ensures the flight deck maintains its priority and pre-emptive
receipt of essential communications. The management system also
validates frequency assignments to ensure there is no potential
interference with GPS frequencies. The installation and STC was
completed by Pentastar Aviation in Waterford, Mich.
The Collins HST-900 enables enhanced passenger
connectivity, including access to e-mail and the Internet while in
flight. Designed as a companion to the Collins SAT-906 satellite
communications system, the HST-900 provides 64 kilobits per second
connectivity using Inmarsat's Swift64 service and an aircraft's
existing SATCOM antenna and SAT-906 high-power amplifier.
The HST-900 is equipped with Ethernet, ISDN and RS-232
interfaces for maximum installation flexibility. The system enables
simultaneous use of high-speed data and Aero H/H+ services through
a common 60-watt high power amplifier and high-gain antenna. Once
installed, the HST-900 can be upgraded for new generations of
Inmarsat high-speed data services without affecting the SAT-906