|Avionica satLINK MAX. Photo: Avionica|
[Avionics Today 04-28-2016] Dubai-based flydubai has selected a suite of Avionica’s communications avionics for 11 Next Generation Boeing 737 aircraft, which are scheduled for delivery in 2016 and 2017. The suite comprises the company’s second-generation satellite communications system satLINK MAX, the integral Miniature Quick Access Recorder (miniQAR), the 4G avCM module for wireless communications, the gatelink terminal Wi-Fi communications system, and the aviONS on-board server platform, with an integrated cabin Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second-generation satLINK MAX is approved for safety voice and data communications, includes up to four satellite modems, integrates Avionica’s miniQAR technology, and supports an optional 4G cellular communications device for ground communications. Typical satLINK MAX installations include two flight deck channels for air traffic voice services, one Future Air Navigation System (FANS-1/A) datalink channel, and one voice-and-data-capable cabin service channel.
Avionica previously delivered more than 60 satellite communication, miniQAR, and 3G cellular communications units to flydubai for certified installation on the airline’s Boeing 737 fleet. The latest selection marks the airline’s transition to the next generation of satellite and 4G cellular communications systems.