In a world of proliferating air/ground communications options, EMS Satcom is here in the Canadian pavilion (Hall 3 Stand F37) to show how its antennas, radios and servers can help airline, government and private operators get connected.
Iridium Satellite LLC
International Communications Group has introduced an Iridium-based data transceiver designed for sending and receiving Acars (aircraft reporting and receiving system) messages and for Link 2000/Fans communications. When connected to an aircraft’s communications management unit, the DL-100 transceiver uses the short-burst data functionality of the Iridium satellite network to send Acars and other messages.
Avidyne is adding interface options for its MLX 770/780 datalink receivers that will let pilots view graphical weather information on a variety of electronic flight bag (EFB) portable computers.
International Communications Group has introduced an Iridium-based data transceiver that’s designed for sending and receiving Acars (aircraft reporting and receiving system) messages and for Link 2000/FANS communications.
Avidyne is adding interface options that will let aircraft operators view graphical weather information from an MLX 770/780 datalink receiver on a variety of electronic flight bag (EFB) portable computers.
New Zealand-based Spidertracks is offering a low-cost, portable satellite-tracking device that might appeal to helicopter operators. According to its designers, it is a carry-on accessory that does not need certification.
Iridium said it has begun taking steps to replace a lost communication satellite with one of eight in-orbit spares. The collision of a 2,000-pound decommissioned Russian satellite with the smaller Iridium craft on February 10 created a swirling field of debris but left only a tiny gap in Iridium’s 66-satellite constellation, resulting in brief outages for some customers.
International Communications Group of Newport News, Va., has received parts manufacturer authority (PMA) for the NxtLink ICS-120A and ICS-220A communication systems. The products offer flight deck voice and datalink services over the Iridium satellite network. ICG’s ICS-120A system incorporates a single Iridium transceiver and a short-burst-data (SBD) modem enabling connections to standard flight-deck voice and data systems.
Avidyne last month began shipping the first production versions of the MLX770 two-way datalink transceiver after receiving FAA technical standard order (TSO) approval earlier in the month. The MLX770 is intended to bring “affordable and comprehensive worldwide datalink weather services” to the general aviation market.
With this summer’s acquisition of Sky Connect by parent EMS Technologies, EMS Satcom can now offer full worldwide satellite communication coverage. Sky Connect, which continues to operate from Takoma Park, Md., offers tracking, text messaging and telephone service for airborne, ground and marine applications over the Iridium satellite network.