PIC Wire & Cable offers custom cable assemblies that are specifically designed for use with SmartSky Networks® enhanced air-to-ground (ATG) connectivity for the entire aircraft. SmartSky makes airborne connectivity as effortless at 35,000 feet as on the ground. Its Flagship system powers SmartSky’s innovative connectivity solution that includes transmission symmetry to deliver data to and from the aircraft at the same rate utilizing 60 MHz of broadband spectrum in the unlicensed band. This enables use of applications requiring two-way data flow, from cloud-based business applications, video conferencing, and live streaming for the back of the aircraft. The crew and aircraft operations can exchange and access real-time situational awareness information as well as performance and maintenance data. A reliable interconnect assembly is required to ensure the system’s continuous connectivity with a dedicated connection for each aircraft that is stable, responsive and secure. PIC’s assemblies are customizable and designed to meet an application’s unique loss, length, weight and flexibility requirements.
Proper cable assembly is critical to optimizing the full benefits of interconnect technology. PIC provides certified and tested assembly sets to streamline the system installation process. Engineering drawings are available to simplify the US Federal Aviation Administration® (FAA) submission process for part modifications and installations.
PIC offers a variety of PICMates RF cable and Ultralite RFcable solutions that meet or exceed SmartSky Flagship system performance requirements for RF loss and VSWR. These high-performance cables were specially designed with low-loss characteristics that ensure signal reliability. The PICMates ULTRALITE line is engineered with additional shielding protection and optimized for applications that require lightweight, flexible cables. All RF and Ultralite RF cable solutions have undergone a variety of EWIS tests, such as flammability and immersion fluid testing, including Skydrol®. EWIS test reports are available upon request.
PIC Wire & Cable has matching TNC connectors for its RF and RF ULTRALITE cables that are designed per MIL-PRF-39012 standards. See Figure 1 for a connector illustration detailing the construction elements that ensure signal integrity while protecting against fluid and vibration.
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Easily build a part number with design details that meet the application’s specific length and connector requirements. Ready-to-use engineering drawings are available to streamline the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) submission process for part modifications and installations.