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Satcom Direct FANS Data Link Unit Receives Another FAA TSO Certification

By S.L. Fuller | October 3, 2017

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Satcom Direct’s FANS-1/A Data Link Unit (DLU) has received FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO)-C159c for Future Air Navigation System (FANS) over Iridium flight deck data communications. The company said this DLU is the first FANS over Iridium system to achieve this certification.

TSO certification makes it simpler to obtain an STC, easing installation, while allowing owners and operators to both reap the benefits of more efficient routes and preserve the critical safety features of FANS-1/A compliance,” said Mark van Berkel, general manager of Satcom Direct’s avionics division. “ This accomplishment is a testament to the DLU’s robust software and hardware design, which has been demonstrated to meet the latest minimum operational performance standards — RTCA/DO-262 MOPS — for operators who want to comply with the 2020 ADS-C mandate.”

According to the company, the DLU became the first Iridium data link to receive FAA TSO-C159a in April 2015. It has received the additional certification without any changes to software or hardware.

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