|Avionica’s satLINK MAX. Photo: Avionica, Inc
[Avionics Today 08-18-2014] The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for Avionica’s satLINK MAX, a new Iridium-based Air Traffic Service (ATS) satellite communications (satcom) for air transport aircraft. United Airlines will be the launch customer for RTCA/DO-262A compliant voice and data satcom system.
This confirms satLINK MAX's compliance with the FAA's Advisory Circular AC20-140B guidance for Data Link Communication systems supporting ATS and its adherence to the stringent RTCA/DO-262A minimum operational performance standard required to support FANS 1/A over Iridium operations (FOI).
The STC was issued for the installation of Avionica's satLINK MAX solution on all Boeing 777-200, -300, -300ER, -200LR and 777F series aircraft. Additional aircraft type approvals are pending.
"We designed satLINK MAX from the ground up based on empirical data gleaned from our customers operations. satLINK MAX improves every criteria of our original miniQAR satLink Classic installed on over 700 aircraft. It also directly enables further capabilities of Avionica's complimentary products such as AID cockpit devices," said Anthony Rios, vice president of engineering at Avionica.