Gulfstream Aerospace has earned FAA approval to upgrade Gulfstream GIVs and GVs with FANS over Iridium using the TrueNorth Simphonē FANS 1/A+ datalink unit. Once installed, the stand-alone unit enables data connectivity over the Iridium satellite communications network, allowing for FANS communication in remote coverage areas.
“This is a cost-effective, compact and lightweight FANS 1/A+ datalink solution that enhances aircraft operations and safety in congested airspace by providing Iridium connectivity and the reliable, worldwide communication that comes with that network,” said Gulfstream Product Support president Derek Zimmerman.
The system operates as the sole datalink service on aircraft without FANS 1/A+-compatible Inmarsat satcom installed. On aircraft already fitted with FANS 1/A+-compatible Inmarsat satcom, the system functions as a backup datalink, increasing dispatch reliability. Operational mandates require FANS 1/A+ for the most wind-efficient North Atlantic Track (NAT) flight routes. After Jan. 30, 2020, aircraft without FANS 1/A+ will not be permitted to operate in the NAT region above FL280.