International Communications Group (ICG) is teaming with Overlook Consulting to bring operational approval services for Future Air Navigation System (FANS1/A) and polar routing to pilots and flight departments using ICG’s NxtLink Iridium transceivers.
“With the FAA, Eurocontrol and others moving from flight deck voice to datalink communications,” said ICG CEO Scott Trainum, “operators are compelled to decide how they will address the situation. Overlook Consulting has a solid background in developing the major elements for FANS operational approval, including the associated manuals, training and documentation.”
ICG (Booth No. C9830) has also collaborated with Talon Air Maintenance Services on Long Island, N.Y., to complete the first installation of an ICG SB-200 Sora Lite Inmarsat high-speed data and voice satcom system on a Cessna Citation III. The announcement coincided with news that the first production units of ICG’s new ePhone cordless cabin telephone system will become available in December. Initial units will be used in testing for supplemental type certificate approval for installation of the handset on various aircraft models.
The ICG ePhone handset has screen quality equivalent to that of handheld personal devices and incorporates active cabin noise reduction, Bluetooth compatibility and power control to extend battery life with an auto-shutoff feature.
ICG is extending a limited-time offer with special pricing incentives in a trade-in program for owners and operators with existing ICG satcom systems. The promotion, effective through the second quarter of 2012, will enable customers to trade in their systems for credits of from $3,000 to $4,000 toward purchase of NxtLink Series ICS-12A or ICS-220A transceivers.