Avionics News November 2015 - 39
FACILITIES: 2,800 square meters
WHAT THEY DO: Avionica designs and
manufactures flight data collection and
transmission equipment, ground support
systems, and satellite communications
systems for commercial and business aircraft.
monitoring unit. The avRDC converts multiple aircraft data
buses to a single Ethernet communication bus compatible
with the AHTMU.
Avionica's latest QAR model is the lightweight
miniQAR Mk III, which, similar to the avRDC, includes
support for multiple aviation data buses as well as Ethernet.
Both devices can be equipped with a 4G wireless module
for automatic flight data transfer.
Lightweight satellite communications
In addition to flight data recording equipment, Avionica also
designs and manufactures satellite
communications systems that utilize
the Iridium satellite network. Some
800 Avionica satcom systems are
"We designed satLINK MAX
to meet FANS' safety regulations,"
said Simone Drakes, vice president of engineering. "We released
the product in March 2014 and immediately achieved our first
installation on a United Airlines Boeing 777. In that install, we
were able to achieve what's called safety services. There are
two advisory circulars - one that covers FANS-1/A datalink and
another for air traffic control voice. We were the first to achieve
these on a transport aircraft. Then, we did it twice more on the
Boeing 767 and then again on a Boeing 737. In just 12 months
since its release, we achieved installations on four different
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aircraft types - Boeing 777, 767, 757 and 737. I think that speaks
to the applicability and advancements of the product."
Avionica designed its satcom system as a lightweight
alternative to existing Inmarsat satcom and high frequency
systems. A complete satLINK MAX system, including cable
harnesses and brackets, weighs only 15 pounds installed. It
integrates directly into the aircraft's existing avionics systems,
including the datalink communications management unit and the
audio control panel, and features both voice and data channels.
"High frequency radios have been the norm for 30 years
or so, and the systems are very heavy, some 50 pounds
each," said Anthony Rios, vice president of sales. "They are
historically unreliable, both from the standpoint
of the equipment and the HF signal.
Everyone from the airlines to business
jet operators are looking for an
alternative means to communicate
that is more reliable and lightweight.
Because we use Iridium satellites, our
system works everywhere in the world - at the poles, the
different hemispheres of the Earth, it's globally available."
By combining flight data recorders with satellite
communications, Avionica has created a robust aircraft tracking
solution that augments location with aircraft status information,
giving operators more information.
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ABOVE: Avionica's avRDC data recorder is standard equipment on the G650.
LEFT: The latest QAR model, the miniQAR Mk III data recorder.