It has been announced by Kontron that the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given the company's Cab-n-Connect A100 Cabin Wireless Access Point (CWAP) its Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) Supplement for multiple aircraft models including Boeing 737-700, 737-800, 767-200, 767-300, Airbus A330-300, A320-200, and Embraer ERJ 190-100.
Receiving the FAA's PMA Supplement certifies the Cab-n-Connect's use on aircraft and streamlines their deployment in commercial aircraft installations worldwide.
"The award of the FAA PMA ensures our customers that they have the best connectivity products available, having passed rigorous reliability, safety and standards testing," said Kontron Head of the Avionics Business Line, Jim VandeSteeg. "Being certified also gives our customers a huge head start by avoiding the one to two years it would take them for certification. Kontron remains committed to helping commercial aviation companies use wireless technology to the fullest - not only to improve the customer experience but also to help them enhance and simplify operations."
To protect against network attacks, the Kontron Cab-n-Connect A100 features enterprise level wireless security based on the WiNGT 5 software and Air DefenseT. This integrated software provides a highly robust distributed architecture that extends QoS, security and mobility services on the aircraft enabling highly-secure direct routing and network resilience.
The Cab-n-Connect A100 is designed to deliver next-gen HD video streaming capabilities crucial for dense multiple client applications on aircraft. It features best-in-class performance based on the latest 802.11ac technology supplying significantly increased data throughput compared to 802.11n-based equipment. The integrated antenna solution reduces the overall size and installation complexity. Integrating breakthrough technologies such as 3X3 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO), the A100 supports 3-spatial streams of data that can be sent simultaneously to a single client device, substantially improving bandwidth efficiency and utilisation.
Additional enhancements in beamforming enable the most efficient path for data transmission between an access point and a client device. With the Cab-n-Connect A100, both the client device and access point work together to provide an optimised communication path for stronger and faster data transmission.