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Survival Flight Equips Bell 407s with NextGen IRIS System from Outerlink

By S.L. Fuller  | December 14, 2016
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Survival Flight, LLC’s fleet of Bell Helicopter 407s is currently being quipped with Outerlink’s next-generation IRIS system, the air medical service provider said. IRIS gives users the ability to record large amounts of data, process it onboard through a computer and filter it directly to communication or control centers every 10 seconds. 
 
 
AeroBrigham recently delivered a customized Bell Helicopter 407 to Survival Flight. Photo: AeroBrigham.
 
This system makeover eradicates the use of a ground-based very high frequency network, reducing costs and adding capability. Ground-based networks require building and maintaining. Survival flight said it found the traditional satellite phone’s one-to-one communication both limiting and expensive. 

According to Metro Aviation, the system is a result of its acquisition of North Flight Data Systems and Outerlink Global Solutions. The satellite-based solution provides voice, video and flight data recording with a limitless broadband push-to-talk voice over Internet protocol radio and high frequency tracking system. Bandwidth is provided through a partnership with ViaSat. 

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