Aircell satcom equipment receives FANS qualification

Aircell satcom equipment receives FANS qualification

13-Oct-2011 Source: Aircell

Aircell, a leading provider of in-flight connectivity for business aviation, announces that its Aircell Axxess® communications system and Data Interface Unit (DIU) have received approval in SITA’s Validation, Assessment & Qualification (VAQ) program. As FANS over Iridium (FOI) technology continues to emerge, this qualification is a critical milestone because it validates that Aircell’s satcom equipment meets all the performance requirements for operation in a FANS (Future Air Navigation System) environment.

“FOI is the latest reminder of what a transformative impact the Iridium service has made in the aviation industry. As fully-certified, end-to-end FOI solutions reach the market in the coming years, an increasing number of aircraft operators will be able to leverage FOI to meet their overwater communications requirements more efficiently and affordably,” said John Wade, Aircell’s executive vice president and general manager. “Having sold more Iridium-based communications systems in the business aviation market than any company in the world, Aircell is fully embracing FOI and today ’s announcement is an important and pivotal achievement in that regard.”

Aircell also published a new Technology Brief for the business aviation market, entitled, “Understanding FANS over Iridium (FOI)”. A must-read for any aircraft operator currently conducting certified, non-VHF safety services messaging, the 11-page document uses plain language to explain all the primary FOI concepts and terminology, answers the most frequently misunderstood questions, and helps operators determine what questions to ask their avionics manufacturer and service facility.

Here is a sample of the questions addressed in Aircell’s new Technology Brief about FOI:
· What is FANS over Iridium (FOI)?
· What all is involved in creating a full, certified, end-to-end FOI solution?
· Will an FOI solution permit the removal of an existing HF radio?
· How soon will FOI be a viable option for our flight operation?

Aircell is displaying its entire range of in-flight connectivity and communications systems at NBAA 2011 this week in Las Vegas, Booth N3527. Attendees can visit Aircell’s special NBAA 2011 landing page at for a variety of show-related news, attendee and exhibit information, and other resources. Aircell will also be Tweeting from the show and attendees can follow the company by

About Aircell
Aircell, a Gogo company, is a leading provider of in-flight connectivity for business aviation. Through a full range of services including voice, high-speed Internet, cockpit data and more, Aircell increases the productivity, safety, and enjoyment of the business aviation travel experience. Headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, USA, Aircell is an AS9100-certified company serving a global customer base with an authorized dealer/distributor network that spans 6 continents.

A trusted brand in airborne communications, Aircell is a factory option at every major business aircraft manufacturer and installed on the world’s largest fractional ownership fleets. The only company to offer all three of the industry’s most popular network technologies – Iridium Satellite, Inmarsat SwiftBroadband and Gogo Biz™, Aircell provides advice and solutions addressing any customer need, aircraft type, or geography. A Collier Trophy nominee and the recipient of several dozen awards for innovation, Aircell is widely credited with many of the industry’s most influential historical achievements, beginning with the groundbreaking airborne cellular concept that launched the company in 1991.

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