Avionica has announced
the availability of satLINK, an Iridium satellite-based voice and
data communications alternative.
Avionica president Raul Segredo indicates the product's
introduction could not be more timely, "Verizon's impending exit
from the in-flight telephone business is another excellent reason
to consider satLINK Iridium communications: it provides a
convenient, cost effective service solution for emergency
air-ground communications, like in-flight medical emergency
satLINK may be installed with either a dedicated audio handset,
or integrated into the aircraft’s audio system using the
audio panel , headset, and mic push-to-talk keys for control.
Either way, each aircraft can be addressed with a unique telephone
number, ensuring it can not only place calls, but also be
satLINK not only
provides an Iridium connection, it also manages communications
traffic, routing it based on network availability and criticality,
ensuring the most economical transmission of data. Since over 60%
of ACARS transmissions often occur on the ground, significant
savings can be achieved by routing them over 802.11 wireless.
Unlike ACARS, Iridium data channels are dedicated. ACARS is
shared, and as more and more customers are signed under flat-fee
contracts, availability can only decline.
satLINK provides gateway connectivity between a variety of
aircraft communications network types, including ARINC 429, ARINC
618, ARINC 619, Ethernet, and 802.11 wireless. secureLINK bridges
all these networks to Iridium and to each other. A shared or
(optionally) dedicated audio channel is also included. satLINK can
provide GPS position data to the Ethernet bus, as well as an 802.11
cabin wireless access point.
Launch Customer Miami Air will commence installations with the
impending Avionics Support Group Boeing 737NG STC, followed by
other contracts already stretching into late 2007.