FAA Approves Iridium for Safety Services

Aviation International News » August 2011
July 30, 2011, 6:50 AM

The Iridium satcom system received FAA approval for use as an Aeronautical Mobile Satellite (Route) Service so operators can use Iridium systems for over-ocean critical ATC communications. Iridium’s advantages over other communications systems include much lighter weight, lower power needs and coverage over the Earth’s poles. The FAA approval means that Iridium satcom can be used for Future Air Navigation System (Fans) 1/A communications. While the FAA has approved Iridium for this use, other air navigation service providers will have to remove restrictions on Fans 1A over Iridium (FOI), and the FAA has said that it will help with this process. FOI will also be useful for ADS-C (contract) reduced oceanic separation operations.

Share this...

Please Register

In order to leave comments you will now need to be a registered user. This change in policy is to protect our site from an increased number of spam comments. Additionally, in the near future you will be able to better manage your AIN subscriptions via this registration system. If you already have an account, click here to log in. Otherwise, click here to register.