International Communications Group (ICG), of Newport News, Va., and Rockwell Collins have successfully demonstrated the compatibility of ICG’s NxtLink ICS-220A communication systems with Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics that are the basis of the PlaneView250 flight deck on the Gulfstream G250, the companies announced Monday.
The tests, which were conducted July 29, use flight simulation equipment at Gulfsteam’s Integration Lab in Savannah, Ga., and the Air Traffic Control Communications Testing Facility and Avionics System Test at Edwards Air Force Base, California to exercise the Controller Pilot Datalink Communications (CPDLC) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Contract (ADS-C) functions of the G250’s Pro Line Fusion avionics.
“Demonstrating the ICS-220A’s compatibility, reliability and performance with this application is another important milestone in establishing ICG’s versatility in conforming our technology to the needs of the diverse business aircraft marketplace,” said Darren Emery, ICG’s director of customer service & product support. “The ICS-220A provides a reliable and global satellite based network to G250 operators for their voice and datalink communications in both the cabin and on the flight deck. It offers capacity and quality that will permit operators to configure their aircraft to meet their specific travel needs, both domestically and internationally."
The NxtLink ICS- 120A system includes a single Iridium transceiver (LBT) and a Short Burst Data (SBD) modem. The NxtLink ICS-220A is a three-transceiver device, which combines dual LBTs providing two channels of global voice with an SBD modem dedicated to DataLink services.