Gulfstream has earned approval from the US FAA to upgrade Gulfstream GIV and GV aircraft with Future Air Navigation System (FANS) over Iridium (FOI) using the TrueNorth Simphonē FANS 1/A+ Data Link Unit (DLU).
Once installed, the standalone unit enables data connectivity over the Iridium satcom network, allowing for FANS communication in remote coverage areas.
“This is a cost-effective, compact and lightweight FANS 1/A+ data link solution that enhances aircraft operations and safety in congested airspace by providing Iridium connectivity and the reliable, truly worldwide communication that comes with that network,” said Derek Zimmerman, president, Gulfstream Product Support.
“This system operates as the sole data link service on aircraft without FANS 1/A+-compatible Inmarsat satcom installed. On aircraft already fitted with FANS 1/A+-compatible Inmarsat satcom, the system functions as a backup data link solution, greatly increasing dispatch reliability because of the redundancy provided.”
The Gulfstream FOI DLU solution may be incorporated as part of the initial FANS 1/A+ installation or as a follow-on fitment.
The TrueNorth Simphonē FANS-1/A+ DLU and accompanying fuselage-mounted antenna can be installed at any of Gulfstream’s US service centers.
August 30, 2016