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high-speed connectivity promise would require a new
generation of Iridium antennas and LRUs capable of
installation across a broad array of aircraft types.
SKYTRAC introduces Certus
connectivity LRUs for aircraft
Based in Kelowna, British Columbia, SKYTRAC has
been a full-service, data-driven solutions provider for
private, business, commercial, and military aviation
since 1986. Today, its systems are certified on more
than 900 airframes with over 7,500-plus users around
the globe.

This past September, Iridium Communications
announced that it appointed SKYTRAC as its newest
aviation value-added manufacturer for the company's
Iridium Certus family of transceivers.
" We have always developed capabilities and
services for aircraft operators ranging from satellite
tracking and flight-following to voice communications,
messaging and other capabilities, " stated Jan Van der
Heul, SKYTRAC's vice president of sales. " Using
the combination of satellite communications and
SKYTRAC's capabilities in-flight, we can help
operators use their aircraft more efficiently, whether it's
for real-time positioning, messaging, or transferring of
critical aircraft performance data. "
Van der Heul said that with its new appointment as a
value-added manufacturer for Iridium's 9810 modem,
the company will be in a position to develop and
manufacture LRUs, antennas, and peripheral equipment
to deliver all of the services at broadband speeds.
" We are very excited to have the opportunity to be
the first value-added provider to come to market with
the new aviation terminal systems for Iridium Certus, "
he added. " It will be a great advantage for all types of
aircraft operators around the world. "
According to the company, the new Certus capable
solutions will be available for delivery in 2021.

Under the Iridium VAM agreement, SKYTRAC will
provide two Iridium Certus connectivity solutions:
the broadband-capable SDL-350 transceiver and the
midband ISAT-200A-08 transceiver.
SKYTRAC SDL-350 broadband
capabilities include:
*	 LRU dimensions: compact 2-MCU format (7.64inch by 2.25-inch by 12.76-inch mounted).
*	 Pole-to-pole connectivity at 352 kbps (upload
and download).
*	 Standard 256 encryption providing DoD level
security.
*	 Live video streaming.
*	 Flight data recorder streaming.
*	 Electro-optical/infrared streaming.
*	 VoIP communications.
*	 Graphical weather.
*	 Electronic flight bag automation.
*	 In-flight entertainment for VIP and business
applications.
*	 Integrated Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity.
*	 Two external antenna options.
SKYTRAC ISAT-200A-08 midband
capabilities include:
*	 10X bandwidth improvement over Iridium
narrowband services.
*	 LRU dimensions: 4.91-inch by 3.89-inch by
12.94-inch.
*	 Pole-to-pole connectivity at up to 22 kbps
upload/88 kbps download.
*	 Standard 256 encryption providing DoD level
security.
*	 Engine trend monitoring.
*	 Flight data acquisition and monitoring.
*	 VoIP communications.
*	 Electronic flight bag automation.
*	 Graphical weather.
*	 Medical data transfer.
According to SKYTRAC, the wide array of
capabilities found in both of the new terminals will
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