Gulfstream Aerospace has received FAA STC approval for the Latitude Technologies DL150 satellite data unit in the Gulfstream G450 and G550. The DL150 combines many capabilities, including datalink communications for FANS 1/A+ installations, air traffic services notification, and ACARS and CPDLC messaging, as well as Arinc 741 and 618 protocols.
Equipped with an Iridium satcom transceiver for pole-to-pole coverage, “The DL150 also supports optional autonomous flight-tracking, three-axis acceleration monitoring, Arinc 429 messages, and has discrete inputs and outputs for optional event reporting,” according to Latitude.
The company added that operators of DL150-equipped Gulfstreams now have an “effective option” when addressing their long-range datalink communication requirements. With FANS 1/A+, these operators will also be able to fly the most direct routes in airspace where this capability is already, or will soon be, required, it added.