In a development particularly relevant to oceanic operations, an FAA-sponsored aviation rulemaking committee expects to issue guidance material providing for the use of satellite-based voice communications for long-range contact with ATC by year-end.
Satellite voice, fax, datalink and Internet communications solutions provider Satcom Direct opened a new domestic office at the Sheltair FBO at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. The company’s new Savannah office includes a business office and a satellite testing and integration lab. Customers who visit the location will have access to Satcom Direct’s avionics and testing lab, training facility and support services for pilots, flight operations and maintenance staff.
Danish satellite communication service specialist Satcom 1 has launched Flight Billing to simplify and expedite billing for onboard satcom usage. Flight Billing is currently available for SwiftBroadband services. Next year, Satcom 1 will add an individual billing solution, called Pay Per User, for operators who bill usage to individual users through separate accounts set up in advance or while in flight.
Iridium Communications of McLean, Va., last month placed a multibillion-dollar order with Thales Alenia Space of France for 81 communications satellites needed to upgrade its global satellite communications network. The $2.1 billion deal includes 66 low-earth-orbit satellites for the Iridium Next constellation, with the remainder to serve as spares.
Satcom Direct has received FAA certification for its newly developed Inmarsat Satellite Communications Training Course to count toward requirements for Inspection Authorization renewal.
Airborne voice and data provider Satcom Direct received FAA approval for inspection authorization (IA) renewal credit for its new Inmarsat satellite communications training course. A&P mechanics holding the IA must document recent experience and at least eight hours of training or other required work each year to qualify for renewal. The Satcom Direct course lasts two days and provides 16 hours of training credit for IAs.
TrueNorth Avionics has gained the initial supplemental type certificate (STC) for its Simphone Global Broadband System, billed as a compact and low-cost high-speed-data satcom system for business jets. Developed in collaboration with Cobham, the satcom system links through Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband satellite data service and features the first use of Cobham’s recently introduced IGA 5001 intermediate-gain satcom antenna.
International Communications Group (ICG) has partnered with Cobham to develop a bundled Iridium and Inmarsat SwiftBroadband satellite communications system called Sora. The product is touted as a lighter, smaller and less expensive alternative to a competing system from Aircell and Danish satcom maker Thrane & Thrane.
International Communications Group (Booth No. 4229) has partnered with Cobham to develop a bundled Iridium and Inmarsat SwiftBroadband satellite communications system called Sora that the companies claim is lighter, smaller and less expensive than a similar competing system made available earlier this year by Aircell and Thrane & Thrane.
Satellite communications equipment manufacturer TrueNorth Avionics has received a U.S. Air Force contract to supply its Simphonï satcom systems for the government’s VIP transport fleet. The contract covers the installation of two-channel Iridium satcom systems in 40 C-37B aircraft (the military designation for the Gulfstream G550 and GV-SP) under the air force’s TARS (terrestrial aeronautical radiotelephone system) program.